In what will feel like a few short years from now, today’s children will live and work in a very different world.
They’ll work together to solve complex global problems like major environmental challenges. Key to being successful and living prosperously in the world of tomorrow is their creativity. To free up their creative bandwidth, machines will have automated away many of today’s information-gathering processes we waste 70-80% of our time on. Instead of learning technical skills to operate their environments, they’ll use digital spaces that free their senses to collaborate creatively.
Work/life changes are incrementally taking place right now. Did you know schooling isn’t preparing children in their formative years to be successful in the world of tomorrow? Instead, children are given devices that dumb down their creativity. We’re hurtling towards a future where children will grow to be more inept than adults are today.
What children learn between ages 0-6 determines what they’ll be confident doing for the rest of their lives. We want our kids to be brave and hang their creative works on the wall, eager for feedback. We want them in those moments to think critically together. Creativity and confidence prepares them for a constructive and prosperous future. This is the natural way children have evolved to reimagine the world around them, what’s called Reworlding our planet.
What Magic Garden does is to bring that future workspace and lifestyle into today’s preschool classrooms. In the Magic Garden, children’s creativity is enhanced beyond what traditional teaching and learning through play achieve. Being curious and thinking critically together induces a calm focus, even amongst the most disruptive children. Children can spend more time exploring the challenge to its depths where learning becomes fun.
To trigger more of these fun learning moments, children inhabit the worlds they reimagine through role play to test their ideas. Children also adapt their roles to hone their signature strengths and talents.
And who better to do it with than their parents who are their first and most influential educators. Many parents miss playing a role in their children’s imaginative stories. And because it takes a village to raise a balanced child, the Magic Garden enables parents and community to become the characters in their children’s role plays.
When Earth Kids Early Childhood Learning centre installed Magic Garden, 4 year olds focused for 2 hours non stop and gained the conceptual reasoning of 7 year olds more often, to solve our most pressing global challenges. The most disruptive children sustained a calm focus, enabling the whole class to spend more time exploring themes to their depths, where the most valuable and fascinating insights emerged.
Krister is a UX Designer with 17 years industrial design experience in startups and interactive media R&D labs in museums.
Krister is a futurist of learning, an inventor and Experience Design veteran in over 240 educational interactive technologies for schools, museums, universities, smart city startups. https://www.linkedin.com/in/Krister-Gustafsson
Early childhood educator, children’s philosopher, Masters in cultural studies, and paediatric nurse.
Sylvie ’s pioneering work in making learning more meaningful and engaging, by using Children’s Philosophy in interactive exhibits, began in 2008 with curating and co-designing the first Bupa Magic Garden as part of her master thesis in cultural studies. Bremen University, the University of New South Wales and the Powerhouse Museum recognized her impact as “an innovation and a milestone reached in Children’s Philosophy”.