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Let the Words and Ideas Explode! (Creative Thinking Prompt #33)

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 thinkersscientistsengineersleaders, 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. 

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

If you have an idea for a Creative Thinking Prompt, please let me know!

Creative Thinking Prompt: Word Explosion!

Are you ready to create a word explosion?

Step 1: Turn to page 25 of a book or magazine and find the word closest to the middle of the page. That is the word you’ll start with!

Step 2: Write that word in the top corner of a piece of paper. Write the word however you want and on any paper you want (scrap paper, index card, posterboard, scrapbook page, construction paper, notebook paper …)

Step 3: Set a timer for 2 minutes. Write down whatever words you think of that go along with the word you started with …. don’t overthink and analyze … JUST WRITE! Let the words and ideas explode! You can connect with bubbles or lines or nothing … whatever you want!

Step 4: At the end of 2 minutes, look at the words you have just written down and find the one closest to the center (or the one that seems to JUMP out at you the most). That is your start word for the next explosion!

Step 5: Continue the word explosion by repeating steps 3 and 4  (as many or as few times as you want)

Now what can you do with this word explosion?

Whatever you want!

Here are a few of my ideas:

  • use it a prompts for making connections between words at the beginning of the explosion and words closer to the end
  • think of ways to share the words and ideas you created in music or dance
  • use as a word bank to pull from the next time you need an idea
  • choose 2 or 3 words from different areas of the word explosion to include in the same sentence or creative writing exercise

What else?

Let your words and ideas explode!!


I really wanted to share visuals for each step but held back because I think a big part of encouraging and supporting creative thinking is allowing for individual choice and creation!  I would love to see your word explosions and/or hear about the creative thinking processes you used!

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