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In play children are constantly being creative, whether using natural materials in a nature play context, the food on the dinner table, toys that come with their own back-story, or free-play toys like Lego or Minecraft.

Play brings to bear imagination, creativity, flexible thinking, problem-solving… and these are all ways of approaching the world that in childhood and in adulthood support scientific inquiry, design thinking, engineering solutions, perseverance and more.

This article from ABC Radio National discusses how Lego and Minecraft support creativity and problem solving: Minecraft and Lego: the building blocks of creativity?

And this initiative in South Australia in April 2015 had the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board inviting school children to design national parks of the future using Minecraft.

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