Brain Development

The BBC reported last weekend that Dr Teresa Belton, researcher at the University of East Anglia, believes the constant pressure on children to be active could inhibit the development of their creativity. She highlights the importance for children of periods spent thinking, imagining, assimilating experiences and observing the world around them. External stimulus that detract from this, such as television, computers games and the internet, are increasing available to children. Perhaps it is time to recognise the value of ‘boredom’ in the development of children’s creativity and learning.

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