Invention Playhouse

March 3rd, 2011 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Hi!  It’s Thursday, March 3, 2011 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Invention at Play

Age Range: All  (young children and non-readers may need assistance)

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History sponsors this website that gives children the chance to virtually explore different elements of invention through playful activities that simulate the creative processes used by innovators in science and technology.  These games and interactives have no competition and no score board. The whole point is to explore and be creative!

This online adjunct to a museum exhibit, focuses on the similarities between the ways children and adults play, and “departs from traditional representations of inventors as extraordinary geniuses who are ‘not like us‚’ to celebrate the creative skills and processes that are familiar and accessible to all people.”

When you get to the site you will see the four activities listed below:

*Cloud Dreamer – Bend, pull and push the cloud shape into unique forms before releasing it into the sky.
*Puzzle Blocks – Can you make the same shape that’s pictured from the various blocks?

*Tinker Ball – How many contraptions can you get to work in unison and still guide the ball into its home?

*Word Play – Continue the sentences left by other players before you.

The activities here are designed to help promote exploration/tinkering, make believe/visual thinking, social play/collaboration and puzzle play/problem solving.

That’s because (as explained at the website) when inventors were asked what inspires them, “many tell stories about playing as children. Among their most frequently cited childhood play experiences are: mechanical tinkering, fiddling with construction toys, reflecting about nature, and drawing or engaging in visual modeling. There is something about the skills fostered by play that inventors value and keep using as part of their working lives.”



Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling


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