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Is It Contagious? Creative Thinking Challenge #22

In the “Grow Creativity!” article, Candace Hackett Shively shares four aspects of creativity: fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration. This article had me hooked from the beginning:

The world needs creative thinkers, scientists, engineers, leaders, and contributing workers. yet research repeatedly shows creativity is schooled out of us. 

The Creative Thinking Challenge prompts focus on areas in all of these aspects and use ideas inspired by many different sources.

I would love for you to participate …

  • even if you don’t think you are very creative
  • the point of these prompts is to get the creative juices flowing 
  • even if that only means letting small ideas begin to trickle out

I find that I get lots of new ideas from looking at the things others have done … and I bet we all interpret the prompts in unique ways.

The best part is that you get to choose how you want to respond to this prompt. And there is no deadline. The next prompt will posted on the 15th of the month.

(I post past prompts on the Creative Thinking tab at the top of my blog)

Creative Thinking Challenge Prompt: Is It Contagious?

Do you think art is contagious?

According to the Artchoo Blog, it is especially for kids!

I am convinced that in many ways Curiosity and Creativity are contagious too!

Jeanette Nyberg started Artchoo due to her love of art projects for kids:

I wanted to make a place where I could gather ideas and inspiration for busy parents to come find ways to inject more creativity into their kids’ lives. It’s not hard to do- creative thinking simply needs to be practiced, and it can be as easy as having a discussion with your child about the different shapes and textures you both see on a tree.

Looking around her site, which I would encourage, I found many great ideas and inspirations to get some creative thinking started.

One that noticed was from a guest blogger on the site, Faigie Kobre: Creative Kids Making Do With What You Have.

Even the title of the post has my mind wondering about all kinds of possibilities!

Using random household items to challenge yourself and/or your kids to create using only those objects.  Faige shows what campers created when provided with 2 or 3 materials. She even provides an idea list of materials and possible combinations to help you get started!

(Go read the post and then come back)

Now that you are back, here is the challenge …

1. Pick 3 or 4 random materials (you can use one of the suggested combinations on Artchoo or just look around and see what you can find)

2. Ask yourself “What can I do with these things?”

3. Let Go and Create!

Optional: Take a picture and/or come back here and share!


I wonder if this activity would have different results based on whether it is done individually or with a group …


Reader Comments (1)

Hello, i love your pretty ideas and your great blog, thank you for sharing this post with us

August 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmazing Places

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