This is the Crames Game that was on the board today. The same creative thinking class is also working on their sweet shop which I talked about in last week's entry. I have uploaded a few pictures of the fabulous ideas that I had from Year 3, 4 and 5 pupils.
Sometimes we are faced with a creative block that needs to be unlocked. Today, one of my students said to me that she was finding it difficult to come up with an idea for a new type of seat. Trying to find an idea with no direction can sometimes be daunting. I explained a simple technique for unlocking creativity when faced with this situation. First, brainstorm a list of topics. Any topics! Ideas from newspapers, jobs, hobbies and more. For example, our list today said:
This took less than two minutes to come up with. Now faced with the same question:
Invent a new type of seat that you have NEVER seen before.... but try to relate it to one of the topics. All of a sudden you have many ideas! A seat used in medicine, with cooking, in schools, in a new type of vehicle, with extraordinary technology or something to do with animals. The block is gone and the ideas come flowing out. I explained to the pupils, that when faced with any creative block, this technique works wonders! Can you invent a new type of seat that has never been invented before? Let me know! Some of my favourite chairs invented today are listed below.
- A dinosaur chair that eats you when you don't sit still ( I asked for one of these for my little one!)
- A bubble wrap popping chair (could entertain you for hours!)
- An egg yolk seat
- The Bouncinator
- A jigsaw revolving chair
- Octopus Seat for 8
- The disabled super star tennis seat (a combination of sports and medicine?)
- The dict-a seat (this one gives you the answer to all vocabulary that you don't know)