It’s all child’s play


Try think­ing like a child and be open to pos­si­bil­i­ties when you cre­ate. Ask your­self, what is it? What can I do with it? What can it be­come? This open­ness is the be­gin­ning of ex­ploratory play.

“Why, some­times I’ve be­lieved as many as six im­pos­si­ble things be­fore break­fast” – Lewis Carroll


You know that wild idea you’ve come up with? Does the thought of shar­ing it with any­one else make your palms sweat? If you’re an adult, that comes as no sur­prise. Kids, on the other hand, of­ten have no qualms about shar­ing their mas­ter­pieces with oth­ers; they take pride in their cre­ations. As we grow up we be­come more sen­si­tive to the opin­ions of oth­ers and fear of judg­ment can cloud our vi­sion. To over­come this, share your idea with a friend you trust. Ac­cord­ing to Tim Brown, CEO of de­sign firm IDEO, friend­ship is a short­cut to play, giv­ing us a sense of trust that al­lows us to take creative risks.

Watch Tim Brown’s TED talk: Tales of Cre­ativ­ity and Play at­ativ­i­ty_and_­play


Think with your hands and cre­ate a real prod­uct rather than ex­plain­ing your idea with words. Con­sider the tools you used for con­struc­tive play at school – play dough, glue sticks, pipe clean­ers, old news­pa­pers, chalk, felt-tip pens, stick­ers, build­ing blocks, ice-block sticks… the list goes on. Use these things to con­struct a pro­to­type and get your idea off the page and into the real world – even if it is just a mock-up.

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