How many uses can you think of for a paperclip?
Children are masters of this kind of thing but our ability to think creatively diminishes over time.
Complex problem solving is expected to be the number one work-related skill for the coming decades. But too many parents have been led to believe that they should be teaching numbers and letters to their pre-schoolers.
As a result, there is less time for play and fewer opportunities for problem-solving and creativity.
The answer: free, unstructured play.
How could you change the toys and experiences you offer your child to encourage them to play in this way?
Children instinctively know what's good for them. Give them the freedom to pursue it.