Guest Blog Feature: Ditching Technology for Hands-on Creative Learning
Introducing PLOX – an exciting, inspiring and new creative lifestyle for children.
Launched in 2016, by Olivia Callaghan, a young entrepreneur with a background in working with children, PLOX parties and travel boxes hope to capture the youngs’ immagination!
Ditching Technology for Hands-on Creative Learning
Times are changing and the use of technology is becoming increasingly central to daily life and prominent in education systems as well. As a result of this, young children are no longer participating in traditional hands-on creative learning activities, but instead, are turning to screens for information consumption and engagement. But this prompts one to wonder, does being constantly “plugged-in” really benefit youth and stimulate their creative minds?
Many studies suggest the opposite and Olivia Callaghan, Founder of PLOX, an innovative new company that facilitates an inspiring and exciting new creative lifestyle for children, offers themed workshops, birthday parties, and travel boxes that are designed to re-address this balance. PLOX activities encourage children to engage their creative minds instead of resorting to their electronic gadgets for entertainment.
Many studies suggest how dangerous smartphones and other technology can be for young, developing brains. Research has shown that in less than two decades, our attention span has dropped from twelve seconds down to eight. Studies also show that young people are having more and more difficulty expressing themselves verbally and engaging in conversation with their peers.
Silicon Valley Conundrum
Parents are beginning to realise the importance of limiting their children’s tech consumption. This issue has caused so much concern that even employees of tech giants such as Apple and Google are choosing to send their children to tech-free schools where there is not a computer or iPad in sight. Some of these employees have gone so far as to ban screen time in their own homes. This is because they, better than anyone, understand the detrimental effects of an over reliance on technology.
Solutions to these tech-centric concerns could be to implement more creative exercises in classrooms whilst simultaneously encouraging creative play at home. PLOX workshops can take place in the comfort of your own home, a hotel room or even a rented space. Olivia and her team will travel to you with all the materials necessary before clearing away at the end and leaving not trace of mess. Simply choose a theme and leave the rest to PLOX.