As more and more of our world becomes automated, it is more important than ever that we raise kids who think! Raising innovators is one of the best ways to guarantee that our children will have or be capable of obtaining the skills they need to succeed in tomorrow’s world. Companies are looking for individuals who can creatively solve the problems of our 21st century world.
Raising Innovators: Providing Tools to Build Tomorrow’s World
Camp Galileo (sponsoring this post) has a wonderful approach to encouraging children to be innovative. Here are the six steps of the Galileo Innovation Approach ®.
- Work with your child to identify their goals.
- Collaborate with them to brainstorm and generate ideas.
- Talk about the importance of being Visionary as they begin their designs.
- The fun really begins as you Courageously start to create.
- Remember to stay Determined as you test your projects.
- It’s time to be Reflective as you evaluate what worked and what didn’t and start your re-design.
This is an excellent approach to innovation for kids! It integrates Camp Galileo’s 5 Key Mindsets:
If you live in California or the Chicago area, I recommend checking out Galileo Camps for your child this summer! Galileo is offering my readers an exclusive discount of $40 off a week of Galileo Camp using code BEBOLD. You can combine this discount with the Refer-a-Friend discount for savings of up to $100. During Galileo Camps, kids get to make movies, build forts, and enjoy STEAM activities like this toothbrush bristle bot that Johnny made:
This bristle bot robot is supposed to act a lot like a HEXBUG Nano. We have some work to do! It likes to go upside down, and it mostly spins in circles.
Fun Ways to Be Innovative at Home
There are plenty of ways to be innovative at home if you can’t go to Camp Galileo! Here are some of our favorite activities for encouraging innovative thinking.
- Build a rubber band powered helicopter (this is a Camp Galileo activity)
- Build a Tall Tower
- Build a Bridge
- Check Out these Fun Ways Kids Can Learn to Code
- Sew Something
- Create with Polymer Clay
- Try Tangle Art
- Enjoy Summer Sensory Play
- Play with Bubbles
- Make a Stop Motion Movie
- Enjoy STEM Activities that Use Household Materials
How do you encourage innovation in your home? What are your favorite innovation-inspiring activities for kids?