I love to see creativity in workshops.
Providing things for participants to play with like pipe cleaners and stress balls is so simple and so effective.
Pipe cleaners can be made into all types of objects, fiddled with, rolled around fingers and the great thing about them is that they are quiet!
I’m always amazed at the adults in my workshops who are delighted when they discover the pipe cleaners are not on the table for a mysterious facilitative activity but are simply there to play with.
“Great, I won’t be sitting here clicking my pen!”
For many of us its a long time since we sat in a school class room all day, we are used to being busy, active and having things to do with our hands.
Kinaesthetic learners tell me their learning increases if they are busy doing something, and this includes playing with toys. It may appear like they are not interested or participating in the program; experience has shown me this is not the case.
Cheap shops provide a great array of soft toys, balls and blocks which can be put on the tables. They add a sense of fun and lightness and assist with creative thinking.
Recently one of the participants collected all of the pipe-cleaners at the end of the workshop and asked if she could take them for a meeting the next day!
Make the learning experience fun, enjoy the outcome and the creations!