julius jr. inventing time! backwards & upside down

Turn things around and explore with your kids!

Gather your kids and join us in the Invention Dimension! Julius Jr.'s Inventing Time activities give you simple ways to play with your kids that encourage their natural creativity!

Objects Needed to Create Your Invention

  • Clothing (ideally a few sizes too large for your kids)
  • Books
  • Paper
  • Crayons or pencils for drawing
  • Mirror
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    Step Inside the Box With Julius Jr.!

    Ask your kids:
  • What kinds of things can you do backwards? What kinds of things can you do upside down?
  • Have you ever thought about how things might look backwards, upside down or opposite?
  • What if people or machines moved backwards? What might be hard or easy about that?
  • Imagine living a day backwards. What might that be like? What things would you do?
  • Let's try doing some things backward and upside down.
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    Now to the Invention Dimension!

    Invite your children to try something backwards! They may want to try something physical, like walking backwards, or they might want to try on some clothes inside out--let them lead the way! While keeping safety in mind, let them explore. Lie on your backs over a bed with your heads hanging off one side and look at the room upside down (be careful doing this). Have your kids draw silly pictures or write words and hold the paper up to the mirror to see what they look like backwards. Play opposite roles with your child--let them be the grown-up and you be the child. Ask them to imagine taking care of you and let them act out the imaginary scene.

    What Your Little Ones Are Learning

    Exploring the ideas of backwards and upside down encourages an understanding of perspective. While looking at things and ideas from different angles, children will practice approaching challenges from a new viewpoint. Your learner will stretch their imaginations and build the capacity for "putting themselves in someone else's shoes"--the basis of empathy for others. Visualizing moving through a day backwards, upside down, or opposite helps them see multiple perspectives and imagine different possibilities--something fundamental to creativity!

    Why "Inventing Time" Matters

    Creative thinking begins early in every child's life. It enables original thought and the ability to see solutions where others don't. It provides the fundamental building blocks for success in school and beyond. Creative play has been proven across multiple research studies to be the best path to developing a lifelong capacity for creativity.
    Julius Jr. and the Center for Childhood Creativity are working together to create inventing Time activities to help you support kids' natural creativity.

    Every kid can be an inventor like Julius Jr.
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