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Convergent thinking is based on prior knowledge, while divergent thinking is based on imagination.
Research found that divergent thinking is linked to playfulness and creativity.
Children who play more tend to display curiosity, persistence, nonconformity, and a willingness to take risks. These are important characteristics for innovative solutions.
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