High School Creative Thinking Activities

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    Creating New Designs

    • The purpose of this creative activity is to have students invent designs for new types of furniture, but they may not realize it at first. Students work in groups of three, and each member's mission is to draw a picture of a person doing something in mid-movement. Stick figures and crude images are acceptable. This drawing is based on observing a class member or from imaginative memory. After the drawings are complete, students study and discuss the drawings. The group selects one to create a device that will support the person in a steady position. The furniture item that is created is made with provided paper, glue, pencils, paper clips and other classroom supplies.

    Cereal Activity

    • Another creative thinking activity encourages innovation. A box of dry cereal--such as a common oat variety with little donate shaped circles--is placed in front of the class. The students write down as many alternative uses as they can in two minutes. Sharing and discussing these ideas may lead to other entertaining creative activities, such as making cereal jewelry in class.

    Troubleshooting Social Problems

    • Troubleshooting is the focus of this creative essay assignment. Each student identifies a social problem. These can be about feeding the hungry, reducing crime, bullying or any social concern. The the student will then select a prominent figure. The mission is to write about a strategy that person might use to tackle the issue. The student considers the experiences or abilities the person brings to the problem. How would, for example, Abraham Lincoln reduce the number of homeless people on the streets? How would Michele Obama create jobs? The completed and shared essays could be the basis for creative discussion on another day.

    Answering Thinking Questions

    • This creative task asks students to answer three specific questions about a material they select for the exterior of a house. This material must be one that is not commonly used for homes. The key is that the material selection, and the answers to these questions require creative thinking. What is the material and why did I choose it? How am I changing the look of the home because of the material I have chosen? How does this material compare with others that could be used?

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