101 Activities For Teaching Creativity And Problem Solving

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101 Activities for Teaching Creativity and Problem Solving.Copyright © 2005 by John Wiley &
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21. Tickler Things

Everybody has things. They’re all around us. Life would be boring without things. They
make our world more interesting by providing us with varied stimuli.
We can see, touch, hear, taste, and smell things. Although specific things may give us
pleasure or pain, all things stimulate us. They provide something to which we can react in
a number of ways, depending on our personalities and previous experiences. The new
perspectives things can give us are the basis for this technique, a cousin of PICLed Brains
[16], Picture Tickler [17], and Text Tickler [20].


  • To help participants generate as many creative ideas as possible

  • To help participants learn how to use the activities to generate ideas

Small groups of four to seven people each

Materials, Supplies, and Equipment

  • For each group: markers, two flip charts, and masking tape for posting flip-chart

  • For each participant: one sheet each of three different colors of sticking dots
    (^1 ⁄ 2 ” diameter) and one pad of 4 x 6 Post-it®Notes


  • Tickler Things Handout

30 minutes

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