Sand for Your Inbox – August 2006

Bring Your Inner Child to Work Day

The August issue of “Sand for Your Inbox” (Idea Sandbox eNewsletter) suggests we make every day Bring Your Inner Child to Work Day.

Unlike like the annual Bring Your Child To Work Day my idea probably won’t involve changing diapers… Just changing your attitude…

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Your Thoughts

I’d love to get your input on what helps you be more playful and creative and avoid creativity killers in your daily life. Click Comments at the bottom of this post to add your thoughts.

More Ideas

Additional ideas to inspire your Inner Child include…

Watch Tom Hanks in “Big”
I don't get it...Rent or buy the Tom Hanks movie “Big.” One of the best scenes in that movie is when his ‘grown up’ character, Josh Baskin, is working in the boardroom of the toy company.

He’s listening to the sales pitch for a new line of toys. The pitch includes demographics, focus group data, and statistics proving the proposed toy will sell well among the target audience. Since Josh really IS a child he reacts with his gut. He raises his hand and states…“I don’t get it?”

When was the last time you asked a question when you felt what was being presented made you uncomfortable on the inside?

Follow Mary Poppins’ Advice
Spoon Full of Sugar...In her self-titled Disney movie, Mary gives us advice on how to turn a boring job into something fun.

In every job there must be done, there is an element of fun.

Find the fun and… snap! The job’s a game.

And every task you undertake, becomes a piece of cake. A lark, a spree, it’s very plain to see that a…

Spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down… in a most delightful way.

Play with Inner Child Age-Appropriate Toys
Romantic BlocksThe scientific method of determining your Inner Child’s age is to add the two digits of your own age together. I’m 37, so 3+7=10. I’m 10.

Visit your local toy store and check out the toys for your Inner Child’s age. Get something to play with for your desk at work or home. Lincoln Logs. Legos. There are wooden blocks designed in classic styles of architecture… with these on your desk, folks will simply think you’re into architecture.

Get Your Own Sandbox
Play Sandbox
Dig this great sand! It’s sold online by MindWare It has a wax-like coating that allows it to be moldable and never dry out. There is a set here at the Idea Sandbox Institute and it has provided hours of entertainment. A great activity to mess with when you’re on the phone.

Eat a Fluffernutter
FluffIf you’re from New England in the US, you’ll know what Marshmallow Fluff is… Fluff is a brand of marshmallow creme… A Fluffernutter is a peanut butter and Marshmallow Fluff sandwich. It’s one of those things that may sound gross until you’ve tried it… Once you’ve tried it… You’ll love it. There’s a bill to make it the official sandwich of Massachusetts.

Often you can find Fluff in the kosher section of your grocery store or you can order it online at a site called The Candy Store.

What helps you bring out your Inner Child?