After a lesson on making shades with paint, the child was engrossed for the next 2 days…painstakingly adding measured drops of black paint to carefully counted pools of the base colour…going from the lightest of greens to a dark, dark green, from the palest of blues to a prussian.
In the afternoon, the child received a lesson on compound words. Two words come together and from them grows a ‘new’ word …’pin’ + ‘wheel’ = pinwheel
The next day we sat together sharing stories, thoughts, observations. The child was pensive and said, “I learnt that you don’t need to work with words to make things ‘compound’, you can do that with paint’.
In wikipedia, lateral thinking is defined as “Lateral thinking is more concerned with the movement value of statements and ideas. A person would use lateral thinking when they want to move from one known idea to creating new ideas.”