Teaching Effective Thinking: Game – Forced Connections – Similes 2

This is another activity which encourages random association. It is also another activity for which you can use the same picture cards or board as you did in the other ‘Forced Connections’ games (see previous blog posts). You will also need cards with abstract nouns (happiness, peace, sadness, love, anger etc.) written on them. Continue reading

Teaching Effective Thinking: Games – The Brick Test

This is probably the most well-known ‘creative thinking’ activity. You may know it as ‘The Alternative Uses Test’. Show the class a brick and ask them to think of ways in which it can be used. They need to come up with as many ideas as they can in, say, 5 minutes. There are no bad ideas. You could brainstorm in a tradition, whole class way, or use a brainwriting technique (see last blog post). Continue reading