Tim's talking about design, but I think the principles are the same for learning, for teaching and for parenting. If we can keep playfulness at the core of what we do, if we can look for ways to incorporate play and fun into lessons and activities, I believe we will encourage creative thinking. Another huge benefit is that if we enjoy what we do, we are more likely not only to remember it, but to persevere with it.
Here are some web places I like where your kids (and you!) can create and play:
At Grabba Beast you can view other peoples' beasts before choosing body parts to create your own
Make a futuristic sculpture inspired by plants at ArtisanCam, or splash some paint about.
Build your own Mr Picassohead.
I've written about Bomomo before. It makes my scribbles look good and that is sheer magic! Choose one of the icons at the bottom of the screen, then click or drag on the screen and see what happens.
Another favourite online picture generator I told you about is Mutapic. Use the Book Chook method if you're not sure what to do: click little icon thingies, click things in the boxes at left, then hit the big green generate button. I LOVE this site.
Harmony is an interesting picture generator. Change styles in the dropdown menu box at the top of the page, and change colours in the nearby square.