A child who uses original thinking to create
a new toy or game is like a chef who creates
a new epicurean delight. The chef wants every-
one to have a taste of the dish, but the real
joy comes when he or she sits down to eat it.
Likewise, the child enjoys showing the toy to
everyone but gains the most joy from actually
playing with it.
Originality results when something is created for the first time. A firstgrader named Mark drew unusual things on his papers. These drawings appeared both on plain paper, completed when he had free time, and on spelling and math work papers. For example, Mark wrote his spelling list in road map form, carefully placing the words in random order about the page. Some words were upside-down, while others were written sideways. Although the child was not dyslexic, he also spelled a word or two backwards.