I liked this post on innovation.
Kids brains are so malleable even through teenage life, so it is important that strong connections be formed. What types of connections? Spatial awareness, complex imagination, and curiosity.
I would argue that today’s LEGO is way too much, “here are the exact things you need to build X and here are the instructions”. When I was a kid we had a big box a LEGOs and just made whatever we could come up with.
Innovation requires creativity.
Which brings me to an old favorite, John Cleese discussing creativity (long but good).