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 &
Sons, Inc. Reproduced by permission of Pfeiffer, an Imprint of Wiley. http://www.pfeiffer.com

1. Bend It, Shape It

This activity is quite basic. All you have to do is change the nature of a problem in differ-
ent ways. It doesn’t really matter what you change or how you change it. Just change it in
any way possible. If you change something, you create a new perspective, and that per-
spective can lead to other new perspectives and ideas. This is basic free association.


  • 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
    sheets 6+

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

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