Creative thinking is the ability to invent and/or create something new. It is based on looking at things in a new way that hasn’t previously been considered. Teaching kids to use their creative thinking skills can be done easily using everyday happenings.
As a teacher of Talented and Gifted students, creative and divergent thinking activities were common. Divergent thinking involves looking at things and making new connections. When we encourage divergent thinking, we help to motivate student learning.
A favorite activity I used in the classroom was asking children to generate 100 ideas to melt a snowball. It involved little teacher preparation and fostered kids thinking skills. There ideas were VERY CREATIVE, and some were hilarious. The outcome of the activity was that kids were thinking and communicating their ideas.
Here’s a super easy example that can be replicated with small changes. Show the picture below of the yellow house. Challenge the kids in your life to name 100 things that are almost the same color. Help kids think of things by thinking about categories such as cars, signs, plants, food, clothing etc. Don’t be surprised if you start seeing yellow all around you. Have fun!