Share your spontaneous inventiveness and let the kids share theirs. Express curiosity and discuss the FUN of learning new things even at your (oh so very old) age. A “Wonder Wall”, described in the book A Place to Wonder by Georgia Heard and Jennifer McDonough (http://www.amazon.com/Place-Wonder-Reading-Writing-Nonfiction/dp/1571104321), where people can post ideas they wonder about is a perfect start to get knowledge seeking started.
A great Earth Day (every day) activity is turning trash into treasure. Arvind Gupta demonstrates some amazing inventions made from things he found lying around. He proves that it doesn’t take a lot of money to create a huge educational impact.
Now I know why I save every little thing saying, “I think I could really use this for something.” I can’t imagine what this man would do with my stash – but then again, maybe I should start imagining. I would need a little help from my kiddos of course.
P.S. If you are as fascinated by any and all foldables as I am, here is a link to the a site about “flexagons” (that paper circular thingy he was playing with).