I wrote about my childhood toys before. I introduced my favorite plastic models. Now I found playing with plastic models or any other existing toys were like playing in a playpen. There are only fixed and limited manuals/rules. These processes are much more efficient, however less creativity and agility.
According to Resnick (2017), Danish has two different words for play. The word spille is used to describe the types of play that have a defined structure and sets of rules, like playing sports or playing a video game, whereas the word lege is used to describe play that is imaginative and open-ended, without an explicit goal. It seems appropriate that the Danish toy company is named LEGO, a contraction of lege with godt, meaning play well.
In our surroundings, I feel there are so many things as a playpen. These are also existed in trendy programming and robot making curricula because these only provide the way people traces the codes that were taught. Do we image fantasy? Do we create, play, share and reflect? If we do not and just proceed with manuals/rules, it can not cultivate creative learning. I would like to enjoy the way what I did in the kindergarten. I think the kindergarten approach is a good model for all ages learners.
Resnick, M. (2017). Lifelong Kindergarten. Cultivating Creativity through Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play. The MIT Press.