Why all the toys, you may ask? In many of the Idea Mapping Workshop photos in this blog you see people playing with various toys — lots of them! Many were the toys we grew up playing with.  Here is the rational behind their value:

  • When learning is fun it is more memorable.
  • It provides a multi-sensory learning environment. Some of the toys
  • Prevents boredom. During the occasional activity when one person finishes before another, there is plenty of available entertainment to pass a bit of time.
  • Helps recapture the child-like (not childish) fascination for learning.
  • It brings out the creativity in people. I’ve seen some amazing innovations — whether they were Playdoh creations, Etch-A-Sketch drawings, or Gumby doing something crazy.
  • Because I can…smile!