Media literacy and innovation skills will distinguish the children who are prepared for life in an increasingly complex 21st century. Find out how children can develop skills to succeed in the high-tech world of today—and tomorrow.
Building media literacy and innovation skills can help children prepare for an increasingly connected, high-tech future. Read our experts’ advice on how to develop these essential skills.
Ideas & Insights
21st Century Skills: Preparing Children for Tomorrow
21st century skills are a hot topic in education today; some even call these skills the new building blocks for learning. Discover how you can foster 21st century learning at home.
Nurturing the Creative Mind
Help children develop two of the four C's of 21st century skills: Creativity and Critical Thinking. Encourage problem solving, creative thinking and creative expression skills with these suggestions.
Right Brain, Left Brain
21st century jobs will require more than IQ to solve modern problems. Help children draw on their unique strengths to succeed in school and life.
Build a Birdhouse
Design and build a birdhouse using a cardboard or plastic milk carton. Hands-on projects like this give kids experience with engineering concepts because they challenge children to think about a problem (what birds need, including shelter from predators, something to stand on, and so on) and then design a solution.
Even young children are capable of using technology in creative ways, and parents should encourage such self-expression. Prompt your child to create a "video tour" of your home or neighborhood.
There's a mystery afoot in your neighborhood! Provide your child with a camera and notebook. Armed with an active imagination, your child is going to be a super (writing and reading) sleuth!
If your child enjoys building toys, encourage your young builder to become a planner and designer, too. Give your child paper and a pencil and have your child make a drawing of what he or she intends to build next.
Design Your Own
To nurture a creative thinker, encourage your child to solve problems by looking at them from a new point of view.
My Book of Why
Nurture curiosity and research skills with this printable activity that celebrates a great question: "Why?"
LeapPad2 Learning Tablet
The #1 learning tablet just got better!
Toddlers & Tech
LeapFrog CEO, John Barbour, and Learning Team Lead, Jody LeVos, recently spoke with CBS News on how kids are learning with new technologies.
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