International Ideas Month

March 22, 2016

Happy International Ideas Month!

We all have ideas, whether they are good or bad. March is the month to celebrate all of those brilliant ideas we come up with! According to its creators, IIM is "dedicated to all ideas—large, small, great, not-so-great, past and current as well as ideas yet to come. Without constant new ideas, progress and people stagnate."

So how do ideas start? Most ideas are not original, but we make them unique to us when we try things out and experiment doing things differently than we have in the past. Start small with having your family brainstorm ideas for activities to do on the next family outing or for what to eat for dinner.

Good ideas can be as simple as having dessert before dinner or taking a walk at night with flashlights. True innovation may be beyond you and your family at this point, but that certainly doesn't mean you can't come up with innovative ideas and find creative ways to do things!

Here are some great reads at the library to get those creative juices flowing: starting with Ideas are All Around by Philip Stead, you can learn how everyday things can lead to terrific ideas.  Next, we find that inspiration can also come from nature, and creative problem solving is often inspired by out-of-the-box thinking, like in Wild Ideas by Elin Kelsey. Ideas That Changed the World by Julie Ferris is an in-depth reference guide to technology and inventions, things that kids love! Finally, philosophy is full of great thinkers and their big ideas, but the Children's Book of Philosophy by Sarah Tomley brings those concepts to a level children can understand and grasp. For those who like a little humor, The Book of Bad Ideas by Laura Huliska-Beith shows us what NOT to do.

Now go out there and get thinking, start creating, and change the world!


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