Download: What's in the Bag? Activity
December 7, 2010
Did you know? Today’s employers prefer candidates who can color outside the lines ... they want creative thinkers. In fact, creativity is the number one leadership competency executives seek. Creative thinkers are needed to help stimulate our economic recovery and to solve the challenging and complex problems that confront us on both national and international fronts. From bringing peace to the Middle East to delivering health care, we need solutions from a populace willing and able to contribute and build on original ideas. Yet in a time when creative thinkers are in demand, America’s creativity is on the decline. To stimulate creativity in your classroom, try today’s activity, suggested by author, Linda Krall, The Wild Idea Club.
Here’s how ...
Ask questions about creativity.
How would you define creativity?
Who do you know who is creative?
What do you do to stimulate your creativity?
View and discuss this “How to” video, less than 2-minutes, on creativity.
Distribute the What’s in the Bag? activity, review directions and give students time to complete the exercise.
Share the reason Linda included each item.
(Dr. Seuss ... be playful, silly and use your imagination; Crayons ... tap into your inner child and color outside the lines; Punching Bag ... turn your anger into fuel for creative pursuits; Bubbles ... to create beautiful things it takes your breath, your spirit; Play-doh ... the creative process is messy, utilize your sense of touch; Bookmark ... read inspiring stories; Candy ... life is sweet savor each moment.)
Discuss what’s in their bags with each other in small groups or as a class.
Add an experience: George Bernard Shaw said that ... If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas. In the spirit of the season, ask your students to share a gift with the class. Have them bring a creative tip/idea they have used to make their lives easier. Complete the exchange on the last day of class.