Kim, four, spends a busy November morning digging up earth in the garden and filling little cardboard boxes with it. When her mother asks her why, Kim explains that these are to be her Christmas presents for her brother and the other boys she knows. "What boys like best is to get dirty and play in the mud" Kim tells her mother. "When the snow covers the ground, they cant find any mud. So I am going to give them some for Christmas."
Joan Beck (in How to Raise a Brighter Child
, Fontana-Collins, 1967) recognised that almost all small children possess a considerable amount of creativity and adventurous thinking, and that this can be cultivated by deliberate encouragement and opportunity. Sharon and Paul Ginnis share this conviction, which underpins the approaches they provide in Covering the Curriculum with Stories
This excellent resource allows children to engage with scientific discovery, experimentation, exploration, imagination, curiosity and enquiry, and provides them with opportunities to generate ideas, recognise relationships and find answers to questions. It also helps busy teachers to work together with their pupils on play-based projects that develop their creative thinking and learning skills. The stories are interesting, engaging and fun, as are the activities. Pupils will enjoy them enormously and the process of learning they promote.