Creative Mindflexors® are a great way to give kids the opportunity to think creatively. They are statements, questions, pictures, or tasks that make children think outside the box. They are best used with older elementary, middle and high school children. You can use them with your children at the kitchen table, on car rides, at restaurants, or any time you can get them off their electronics long enough to take a moment to stretch their creative brain. There are no right or wrong answers. Just a few Mindflexors a day can help promote the development of a child’s creative intelligence. Here are ten Creative Mindflexors® to start you off.
- Write a story about the zoo without using the names of any animals.
- Pretend that you get to make one rule that everyone in the world must follow. What rule do you make? Why?
- You can have any three things that you want. In return you must give away three things that are about the same size as the things you get. What do you get and what do you give away?
- What are some ways you could celebrate “Backwards Day?
- What are three ways the world would be different if people did not need to sleep? What would you do with the extra time?
- Which do you think is more important: motorized vehicles like cars and airplanes or computers? Why?
- If you could choose one thing that costs money and make it free for everyone forever, what thing would you choose? Why?
- If you could live in a tree house, would you? What are three advantages and three disadvantages to living in a tree house?
- If people could not see colors, how would traffic lights work? Design a traffic system that does not rely on colors.
- If you could invent a new subject that would be taught to all children in school, what would the subject be? Why do you think children need to learn about your subject?
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