Jain’s message of optimism and the belief that with patience the momentum of exponential thinking will propel a fruitful abundance mentality is one that I believe is critical in our homes and schools. Given CoVid, climate change, civil unrest, and more it is easy to get distracted by the negative news and information overload. Many are feeling overwhelmed, including our kids. Today more than ever, as adults we need to be purveyors of optimism. Our children need to be encouraged and supported with hope. They need to see that with a mustard seed of an idea, optimism, patience, and persistence ideas can explode and gain momentum.
Halloween is around the corner so here is a quick ten-day activity with candies that can give your children the experience of exponential thinking.
Exponential Thinking Activity for Elementary School Children:
You will need nine 7-ounce bags of M&M candies. This will give you an extra bag for good measure.
Tell your child that there are 210 M&M candies in every 7-ounce bag. Give them the choice of having 3, 7-ounce bags (approximately 630 candies) of the M&M candies or one M&M that doubles every day for 10 days. You will do the opposite of what they do. Who will be the winner?
Every day count out the M&Ms, doubling each day. Compare who has more until the tenth day. As you compare each day discuss. The person who took the three bags on day 8 might think they won, but then on day nine the candies jump to 512, and on day 10 to 1024! Hmm, discuss how that happened. Reflect on the role of patience and explosion in exponential thinking.