DAY 1: THOSE WHO LEARN SIGN LANGUAGE! Do you know anyone who is deaf? Not being able to hear makes it difficult to communicate. Deafness is not just something associated with the elderly --there are also children who are deaf. These children are just as bright as children who can hear. They learn quickly and enjoy the same things hearing children enjoy. However, meeting new people is difficult since very few of us know how to sign.
Disney World is a magical place, but for one little girl, it was life-changing. Shaylee Mansfield is an adorable girl who was born deaf to parents who are also deaf. The family has no trouble communicating with each other and Shaylee attends a school where all of the students know and speak sign language, but she still misses out on a lot. Very few people in her community can understand or speak sign language and this makes life challenging and at times lonely for Shaylee and her family.This is why on a trip to Disney World, Shaylee was blown away when, after a picture with Minnie Mouse, she was spoken to in her own language. Shaylee soon discovered that many of the Disney characters were able to speak and understand a few simple terms in sign language. To a girl who is used to missing out on greetings and introductions with strangers, this was clearly a magical moment.
Sign language is something all of us can learn. There are many videos online that show you how. Just imagine how wonderful you would feel and how wonderful you would make someone deaf feel if said a few friendly phrases, using your hands. Powerful.
CREATIVE THINKING SKILL: EMPATHY Use your creativity to imagine you are someone else --what can you do to make that someone's life better?
DAY 2: The Backspin Tee is designed to change the way a hitter looks at the baseball. Practicing the proper location to strike the baseball is essential. You want optimal backspin, for optimal distance. And our baseball tee is how you get it every time. Just keep your eye on the ball, and let our baseball hitting tee do the rest. Developed by a Professional Pitching Coach, The Backspin batting tee forces you to focus on the middle and bottom half of the baseball. The middle and bottom half of the baseball is the part professional pitchers don’t want you to hit, because hitting that part of the baseball means backspin, which equals distance, and distance creates champions! Traditional hitting tees are designed to prop the baseball up forcing you to focus on the top of the baseball, while simultaneously obscuring the most important part of the baseball. That’s two reasons why professional pitchers love traditional batting tees, because hitting the top of the baseball forces the baseball down into the ground.
CREATIVE THINKING SKILL: CHANGE THE PERSPECTIVE Look at things differently --what is usually "up" just might be better "down!"
DAY 3: SPHERO Imagine having a robot that you can control straight from your smartphone. Sounds pretty great, right? Well, you can stop daydreaming about it, because it's a real thing. It's called Sphero (for its spherical shape) and it can be both controlled and programmed directly from your phone or tablet via Bluetooth. You simply connect the robot just like you would any other Bluetooth device. It's really that simple. At the surface, Sphero is an absurdly fun toy to play with; a remote control device that can be manually driven. But get to know it a little better and you quickly realize that it's so much more than that. A Sphero owner can quickly write macros to control the robot without having any knowledge or experience with programming. Besides simply moving around, Sphero can change colors. It also has internal sensors that can plot its position from a certain point. There's a code example where Sphero will change color when it moves roughly 10-inches from its original starting point. Plenty of apps – both for fun and learning – are available for Sphero. This list includes free apps, but you can also purchase other types over at iTunes and Google Play.
CREATIVE THINKING SKILL: FLIP IT Creativity finds ways to make learning challenging and fun at the same time --even computer programming!
DAY 4: DAISY SQUEEZE SOUR CREAM Anyone who uses Sour Cream knows that it can be a little messy and a little wasteful. The spoon has to be washed... There's always sour cream clinging to the sides... ENTER: Daisy Squeeze Sour Cream No spoon required! Our easy-to-use package dispenses the same Daisy Sour Cream you love—with just a squeeze. It’s perfect for toppings and in your favorite recipes.
CREATIVE THINKING SKILL: SIMPLE IS BIG Use your creativity to solve simple problems --
DAY 5: TOUCHJECT POND Turn any Surface into a Touchscreen Touchjet Pond takes any app from the confines of a smaller screen and projects to an 80-inch space on an obliging wall or table. Simply touch the stylus to the projected images with pinpoint accuracy, just like the smartphones and tablets you are used to.
CREATIVE THINKING SKILL: MODIFY Creativity sees what many think is the "newest" idea and change it, going in a direction not expected!
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