Do Something Different 4: As A Child

One frequent observation of creativity that is research and personally based, is that children are often more spontaneous and creative before they are socialized by the educational process. In other words, you played as a kid. Think back to some of your childhood experiences and for this DSD, do something you used to do as a child that you don’t do now. You will be evaluated based on your choice, your reasons, and your reflections of change between then and now.

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How could I do something as a child? I thought back to my own childhood. Growing up as the oldest of five meant that I was surrounded by toys and games. What I enjoyed the most was always free-form play – outside of rules, where unconnected toys took different roles in the same crazy fictional world.

I decided to use Lego in the way I used to enjoy it most: free-form, without rules, without instructions. These are the things I created.

Dirt Buggy
Dirt Buggy
Galactic Salvage Craft
Galactic Salvage Craft
Xantar, Slayer of Worlds
Xantar, Slayer of Worlds
Brickhead
Brickhead
Cyber Trike Dragster
Cyber Trike Dragster

I also made a video about my experience.

Playing with Lego was a lot of fun. I enjoyed overcoming problems with my creations. For example, making Xantar, Slayer of Worlds stand up straight took several iterations of hips, leg braces and feet before I found successful solution. I love how Lego offers the chance to try something, watch it fail, and try something else based on that failure. It’s so easy to take it apart and try again.

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