You know what I miss most about childhood? Wasting the entire day playing with Legos. I think my parents were pretty lucky to have a kid who for at least six hours at a time could be completely entertained by meticulously building nonsense and then tearing it down.
When I was really young, I started with the oversized bricks, and I would stack them as tall as they could go before toppling into a million pieces all over the living room, because that's fun. Later I moved onto the smaller, more elaborate bricksets. I quickly decided that the pirate collection was fine, but the pieces were much more useful for building tropical dream homes. I made some fantastic bungalows, tore them down, and upgraded to beachfront timeshares (which were unfortunately swept away in a hurricane and replaced by luxury resorts). And even though I carefully planned the floor layouts with blueprints before construction, nothing was more satisfying than deciding the kitchen island should be twice as big and the whole building needed to be callously destroyed.
As the manager of the publishing team at EdLab, I'm interested in telling stories about people dismantling old ideas about learning. Whether it's a story about researchers using the geometry of a seashell to 3D print stronger construction materials, or a Chinese writing teacher who prompts students with writing tasks through an augmented reality app, I think there's a lot we can learn by using existing tools in unexpected ways.