All children love to role-play and can spend hours pretending to be doctors, superheroes, or police officers. While role-playing may seem silly or look like a simple game to adults, it has immense benefits for children’s mental and intellectual development.

Role-play is one of children’s natural ways of learning. It allows them to make meaning of the world around them through their imagination and stories.

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By acting out different scenarios, children develop important higher-order skills such as problem-solving, self-expression, critical thinking, communication, and creativity.

The world always needs more doers and dreamers, tinkerers, and experimenters, who ideate and create new innovations that move humanity forward. One common trait among creators, makers, and innovators is their entrepreneurial mindset. As the old saying goes,

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for his lifetime.”

Having an entrepreneurial mindset helps people be better at whatever they choose to do. At Uable, we encourage learners to build an entrepreneurial mindset using role-play.

While not all children will go on to start their own business, learning to think like an entrepreneur has a really positive impact on the way they view the world around them. Entrepreneurial values such as imagination, leadership, creativity, and innovative thinking prepare them for the opportunities and challenges of the future. …

Do you feel constantly pressured to keep your child entertained? If you do, you are not alone.

We are all living in an ‘on-demand’ world. Overstimulation is just a way of life for most of us, where we have incessant access to games, videos, and movies. Our attention spans are at an all-time low and our obsession with productivity is at an all-time high.

So, when there is so much to do, how can one get bored? That’s a question we often ask ourselves and our children. ‘Boredom’ gets a bad reputation. …

For decades, people have questioned how relevant India’s education system is in the current times. Why is the focus on marks and moving on to the next grade instead of building future-ready skills in children? The National Education Policy 2020 (NEP) aims to free the children from this rat-race of marks and lay emphasis on their holistic development.

It aims to bring creativity and innovativeness to learning to prepare children for life outside the classroom and focus on building important skills such as collaboration, creative thinking, problem-solving, and logical reasoning, which have been neglected till now. NEP notes,

“Pedagogy must evolve to make education more experiential, holistic, integrated, inquiry-driven, discovery-oriented, learner-centred, discussion-based, flexible, and, of course, enjoyable.” …

NASA conducted a famous study on the creative genius of humans to measure how creative we remain over the years of getting “educated”. What is the role of “divergent thinking” in preserving and nourishing one of the most important skills for us: “Creativity”?

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The test results were shocking: 98% of 5-year-old children fell into the “genius category of imagination”, this number dropped to 12% for 15-year-olds and to 2% for adults. What the education system doing to our brains, our sheer capacity to imagine, stay curious, and being creative, is shocking, to say the least. All of us know that we are still sending children to schools and tuitions to make them ready for jobs, train them to test, and get admissions into colleges. …

Imagine a world without children, without their loud, excited voices, the sound of a precious vase breaking, the music of their off-kilter singing, and the pure joy of a child’s uninhibited laughter. Imagine a world without mistakes, without dirt on the elbows and clothes without ink-stains, without children loitering in aimless happiness, driving their adults to distraction.

Now look around, and you’ll see a world that isn’t very different, a world run by adults who take themselves (and their kids) too seriously…where a child’s future is determined by everybody except the child herself, where every day is an exam to be passed, and every activity, a competition to be won…a world where the classroom has spilled over into the home, into the maidans, and into the streets, filling every moment with a pre-determined purpose and focus…a world filled with ‘Young Adults’, and absolutely no children. …



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