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The importance of imagination

Updated: Aug 28



"Imagination is the source of every form of human achievement. And it’s the one thing that I believe we are systematically jeopardizing in the way we educate our children and ourselves."

Sir Ken Robinson 1950-2020




Before we go into the fantastic video classes and features we have for you this week, we wanted to take a moment to remember Sir Ken Robinson the highly acclaimed educationalist, who sadly passed away last week. His 19 minute talk 'Do schools kill creativity?' is still the most watched Ted Talk of all time with over 66 million views. And it's funny, laugh out loud funny. Honestly, if you haven't heard it yet, brew a quick cup of tea and treat yourself. If you have children starting nursery or primary school next week, definitely watch it. It will really make you think about your child's journey ahead in education.

Robinson's argument was that our education system was not designed or run, to promote creativity in our children. Fourteen years after that initial Ted Talk, the most desirable 'soft skill' for employers according to Linked In right now is that same creativity. In 2020 employers crave creativity, followed by "collaboration, persuasion, and emotional intelligence". Ask any parent and they will all tell you the same thing - these are all skills our children develop through play. Although this is the core learning model in the Early Years Foundation Stage, from the age of six, play is squeezed into thinner and thinner slices of the school day, in favour of the core subjects. At Maggie & Rose, we think play matters. We believe that your children's imaginations and creativity should be nurtured so they can think big, and make mistakes and grow into their extraordinary potentials.



This week on the Maggie & Rose Hub


We're sharing writer Freya El Baz's very different experience of giving birth during lockdown, and we'll be rounding up a selection of our favourite gender neutral Book Club picks full of wonderfully positive role models for every child.


Later this week we're delving into the happy world of what mums are currently dreaming of doing after lockdown. Weirdly, we've not had any suggestions involving Ryan Gosling, or Idris Elba but as ever feel free to let us know if we've missed any particularly significant dreams. And in our wonderful creative video classes we're celebrating some of the big sports and competitive events we have missed out on this summer, but haven't forgotten.



Messy Masters Art - It's Wonderful Wimbledon!


It's a sad year for tennis fans, the recent rain even seemed a tad pointless without it stopping play. But, fear not as the fabulous Sara brings a little ( fifteen ) love to your day with this nostalgically crafty class for scrunchy, messy, glittery play for you and your child to enjoy together. By the way, here's an interesting side-note for you, one theory of the origins of using the term 'love' in tennis, is that regardless of the score, you play for love of the game. Which is a great lesson to share with your little one.


You'll need some foil, gold paint, glitter and PVA glue for this class.




Make and Make Believe - Summer Olympics


Our second class this week, that you can view whenever suits you, is our Make and Make Believe Summer Olympics. Showing you fun and physical ideas to inspire your own Summer Olympics at home. This is ideally suited for four years and upwards with lots of stretching, jumping and moving around!





Mini Musicians Eurovision Song Contest


And finally, in Mini Musicians we are paying a heart felt homage to the mysteriously catchy songs of Eurovision.



Anyone remember Russia's 2012 entry, sung by Buranovskiye Babushki  called Party for everybody


“The cat is happy, the dog is happy, the cat is happy, the dog is happy, we are in a wonderful mood and very happy, we are in a wonderful mood, oh joy.”


The colourful and joyful Babushki (aka a group of grandmothers) song came second, proving that the juries worldwide, are clearly animal lovers, if nothing else.


Wishing you all a playful, and rather wonderful, dog happy, cat happy week.