28 November 2011

Imagination is More Important than Knowledge

from The Guardian
Albert Einstein once said "Imagination is more important than knowledge." it is that statement that continually echoes in my mind as I watch Kieran play.

 As he nears his fourth birthday, it seems his imagination has soared, and he takes us along for the ride. If he gets out his Brio train sets, he'll create an amazing track and then make up stories for his trains. He'll take story elements from Thomas the Tank Engine, English rail stations, and places and events of his own creation and weave them together into a single story. Or he'll take some Playmobil sets or Lego and create objects and stories.

 Always wanting to be like her brother, Charlotte enthusiastically joins in, entranced by the stories. In fact, she now creates her own scenarios, though these usually consist of giving a toy or herself a new name or title, such as when she decided she was a "serious doctor".  I can't wait to see what they'll imagine next.

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