New and inventive uses for my rocking chair. Also a quieter moment after staff introduced game theory into a maths lesson.

Inventing new gamesGameTheory


Eventually most teens start study by themselves. It is part of the natural human quest to become useful and effective adults. Of course, they might have just got bored, but either way, it’s a win!




The first image is a maths lesson. The second image is not a maths lesson, although it is happening at the same time, and is just as important.


I should also like to point out that that is a real maths lesson, not the nonsense you find in elementary schools. Here, we are using Klein geometry as the set up for the child to make predictions on the transformative nature of Klein shapes. As the predictions are tested, internal models are developed within the child’s mind. The aim here is have the child explore and enjoy (a bit like the work being done on the sofa).

Play allows for the continuous adjustment of an activity, a story, and therefore the rules. We adults can show good models for them to copy. Done well, (such as in this gingerbread house) children can continue mental story-making and begin to acquire the general rules of abstract thinking.


Providing a space such as F.I.D.S. where children can exercise the altering of rules, and finding ones that are accepted by nature or the community gives rise to continuous and relentless strengthening of the imagination. Once children are used to using their imagination, we cannot know what they will create.




Play leads to use of imagination that leads to creativity that leads to concentration. That looks like study to me!

Halloween costume making. Is it Play? Or study? It is Both!


Children should learn mainly through play until age of eight, says Lego Toy company funds research suggesting educational development can be hindered by early formal schooling. So are UK schools getting it wrong?



My main concern is that they seem to think that they should start formal schooling at 8! The science that supports play until 8 also supports play after 8. Play has the same merits for a 9 and 10 year old… and beyond.
Could it be that they propose exclusive play stops at 8 because politically it is easier to bring the U.K. in line with European standards than to push for total empowerment of children?