I’m part of the Moms With Apps development group, which is a great resource for sharing ideas with other folks committed to creating family-friendly interactive apps. This week there is a very insightful post on the site by Esa Helttula of iDevBooks about the importance of allowing unstructured free play time for kids.
Also mentioned in the article is a reference to a Newsweek piece from a few months ago about the decline of creative thinking in America.
The article discusses real problems that need real solutions. However, about a year ago (at age 4) my oldest daughter completed an interesting self-portrait and I asked her to explain what she’d created. She replied, “It’s a picture of me flying out of a slingshot, Mama!”
Somehow I sleep a little easier when I know that kind of thinking goes on in my house.