Downtime Activity

A downtime activity sounds like a contradiction in terms. However, how do you persuade the active body and mind of a child with high learning potential (HLP) to rest a little when they constantly crave a challenge in order to maintain equilibrium? Many children may be more motivated to slow down for a while if [...]

2018-08-12T19:38:59+00:00August 12th, 2018|Categories: Focus on Potential|Tags: , , |

Are You an Oulipian?

“Oulipians are rats who build the labyrinth from which they try to escape” - Raymond Queneau, OuLiPo founder Have you ever done any slow writing? Did you enjoy the challenge of a prescriptive exercise designed to help you focus on the content of a sentence? Did it fire your imagination to create a sentence with [...]

2018-09-07T14:21:12+00:00May 16th, 2018|Categories: Focus on Potential|Tags: , , , , |

Labyrinths For All Learners

Bring calm and focus to every learning area with a labyrinth. Use 'lateral thinking' skills to tailor a journey for a High Learning Potential (HLP) child. For centuries, labyrinthine wisdom has been used in many cultures as a tool for focus, meditation and prayer. Today, this wisdom can be combined with modern Thinking Skills into [...]

Incredible Insects

Now that Spring is warming up, and flowers are appearing, insects are more numerous as well. Introducing children to minibeasts not only teaches them about how essential they are for feeding birds and other wildlife but will fascinate them with their variety. They make up over 80 per cent of all creatures on earth! Activities [...]

2018-05-16T12:52:25+00:00May 16th, 2018|Categories: Focus on Potential|Tags: , , , |

Challenge 20: Origami Challenge

The next challenge in our 50 Challenges for 50 Years Anniversary Challenge Book series is on a much-loved favourite of many of our members - Origami! Did you know that an ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds 1,000 origami cranes will be granted a wish by the gods!   Challenge 20: Origami Challenge Can [...]

2017-07-26T15:41:40+00:00August 7th, 2017|Categories: Challenges|Tags: , , |

Challenge 19: Keeping Secrets!

Natasha Riley and Thomas Briggs of the Bletchley Park Trust kindly provided next challenge in our 50 Challenges for 50 Years Anniversary Challenge Book series. They work in the education office at Bletchley Park, have both been classroom teachers  and now bring STEM excitement into schools with a real enigma machine. Check out our event there [...]

2017-07-26T15:37:11+00:00August 4th, 2017|Categories: Challenges|Tags: , , |

Challenge 18: Around the World in 50 Days

The next challenge in our 50 Challenges for 50 Years Anniversary Challenge Book series was devised by Zuleika Gilby, Potential Plus UK's Events Coordinator. She says, "There are so many wonderful places to travel to. Here I am when I visited Italy. Where will you choose to go?"   Challenge 18: Around the World in 50 [...]

2017-07-26T15:22:03+00:00July 31st, 2017|Categories: Challenges|Tags: , , |

Challenge 17: Prisoners in the Sand

Adrian Harbour offers two traditional puzzles for our 50 Challenges for 50 Years Anniversary Challenge Book series. Adrian was a child with high learning potential and would like children to know that it's ok to be different and that things can be good in the end.   Challenge 17: Prisoners in the Sand The first of [...]

2017-07-27T13:05:43+00:00July 28th, 2017|Categories: Challenges|Tags: , , |

50th Birthday Writing Competition

What do you think of when you hear the word Fifty? To celebrate Potential Plus UK's 50th Birthday we're holding a writing competition on the theme of "Fifty". There are three different age brackets for entries. The closing date for all entries is Sunday 3rd September 2017. Young Reporter Hannah Mehr is an ambassador for [...]

2017-07-26T16:34:36+00:00July 26th, 2017|Categories: Challenges, Competition|Tags: , , , |

Challenges 15 & 16: Mythical Mazes and Ruling the World

The next challenges in our 50 Challenges for 50 Years Anniversary Challenge Book are A-maze-ing! The first one comes from Christopher Berg of Amazeing Art, a website that promotes both structured and creative thinking through the complex maze puzzles available there. They're even used in Ben & Jerry's commercials! The second puzzle gets you thinking about [...]

2017-07-22T15:20:37+00:00July 24th, 2017|Categories: Challenges|Tags: , , |
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