Lockdown provides space for creativity

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Kiwis are known for a love for DIY. Supposedly, the ‘do it yourself’ attitude is in our DNA. Right along with our taste for pavlova and yearn to play rugby.

I’m sure all of you will have heard the phrase ‘Kiwi ingenuity’. It is the idea that New Zealanders are intrinsically good at coming up with a solution to any problem. Usually, the solutions are creative and unusual, using whatever is at hand.

If you ask me, Kiwi kids have more ingenuity than their parents despite that they both share this creative DNA. Often it’s kids who have both the ideas and the determination to make it a reality. There is a scientific reason for this loss of inventiveness. When we become an adult, our frontal cortex develops more ‘rational’ tendencies and we lose our ability for divergent thinking, stifling our creativity.

In the 2020 lockdown, kids all over New Zealand were stuck at home with nothing to do. Hopefully, many of you used that time to put your natural ingenuity to good use! Swapping out your gaming consoles for a hammer and Netflix binges for adventure.

Stanley Watson, 15 from the Bay of Plenty is a great example of a Kiwi kid who has created something awesome recently. When faced with the problem of not being able to leave his house to go to the mountain biking tracks in lockdown, Stanley came up with a genius solution- to bring the mountain biking tracks to him.

Stanley has designed and built a mountain bike course on the land outside his house. The course is fitted with all the bells and whistles such as both dirt and wooden ramps/ jumps. Check out the picture!

Stanley has done a very impressive job with such a small space and the limitations of a tree in the middle of his miny terrain park! A clever and creative solution to his problem.

I hope you all put your creative young minds to good use during this current lockdown too. Or if not, use Stanley’s story as inspiration going forward.

Critical Thinking Questions:

  1. Why do you think people are more creative during lockdown?  
  2. Write a list about the positive things from being in lockdown?

Practical Thinking Questions:

Below are some ideas for creative activities to do while in lockdown.

  1. Using pen and paper, design the ultimate tree house?
  2. If you have the resources, and parent help, spend some time outside being creative. If you can’t think of something try to construct the biggest tower that will support a football or rugby ball.
  3. If baking is more your thing then spend some time inside making some magic in the kitchen.
  4. Have you thought of being creative on the computer? Use a website builder such as WordPress or WIx to make a small website about yourself.
  5. If music is your strength then write a song and create a video for it.

We would love to hear about what you have done. Comment below to let us know and to give other Kiwi kids some new ideas. If you have an image send it through to [email protected]

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Alan
Alan
June 7, 2020 8:55 pm

Love your work Stanley :).
 
Tell Dad that we need you to design and to build one like this for students to use at school……

K.c
K.c
June 8, 2020 4:16 pm

This is on the same street as me!! its soooo fun!!

You dont need to know
You dont need to know
June 10, 2020 11:50 am

Physical active item is a lie do not do it

mr fat cat
mr fat cat
June 10, 2020 12:39 pm

that is pretty cool.

Jay
Jay
August 18, 2021 1:42 pm

love it 🙂

lilo and stitch
lilo and stitch
August 18, 2021 1:44 pm

THAT IS SO COOOOOLLLLLLL

rob
rob
August 19, 2021 9:37 am

🙂

me mwq
me mwq
August 19, 2021 11:38 am

Me wishing I could have that LOL

Mochi
Mochi
August 21, 2021 1:40 pm

Why dose it look like he built it in the back of some ones school???
Ohh god that may be the case….

milly
milly
August 21, 2021 7:44 pm

I would love to have this

coco
coco
August 23, 2021 9:58 am

I love lockdown

benjamin
benjamin
August 24, 2021 9:14 am

thats very cool

Kaden
Kaden
August 24, 2021 12:18 pm

Yellow sick jump and your in Australia cause the dirts red I think

vasilissa
vasilissa
August 25, 2021 8:25 am

Wow I wish my family wasn’t on there phone all the time and then they can do stuff like that with me and my brother.

humpsy nai nai
humpsy nai nai
August 26, 2021 12:08 pm

Kiwis are known for a love for DIY. Supposedly, the ‘do it yourself’ attitude is in our DNA. Right along with our taste for pavlova and yearn to play rugby.
I’m sure all of you will have heard the

Bossy Flossy
Bossy Flossy
August 30, 2021 8:52 am

Very creative Stanley

Otter4eva
Otter4eva
August 30, 2021 10:56 am

great work Stanley

curtis
curtis
August 30, 2021 11:15 am

Wow just Wow i love it

Art3mas
Art3mas
September 1, 2021 2:52 pm

wow

Charle
Charle
September 1, 2021 4:23 pm

it is great to have a lockdown bike track

Teokotai Kavana
Teokotai Kavana
September 15, 2021 7:29 am

It so beautiful

Anonymous girl
Anonymous girl
September 21, 2021 12:26 pm

wow
good
job
Stanley

celia
celia
October 21, 2021 9:28 am

that is weird

kavalea
kavalea
October 22, 2021 10:38 am

lockdown is boring

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