11 Prompts to Inspire Creative Thinking in Students

11 Prompts to Inspire Creative Thinking in StudentsAs the holidays and winter break approach, keeping students engaged can get a little challenging. When kids’ attention starts to wander, pull them back in and inspire them to find new ways to see the world with these creative thinking prompts.

  1. Name five things you could do with a 100-pound watermelon.
  2. Invent a machine that would make someone’s life easier. Draw or describe it.
  3. Make a list of 10 rhyming words. Use these words to write a poem.
  4. What does it mean to be a good citizen? How could you encourage your friends and family to be good citizens?
  5. Pretend you are an elephant. Do you live in a zoo? Or in the wild in Asia or Africa? Tell about your day.
  6. Make up a silly word and tell what it means. Pretend you are adding it to the dictionary.
  7. What is one thing you could do today to make a difference in someone’s life?
  8. Your family just told you that you are getting a pet dinosaur! What will your dinosaur look like? Will he be ferocious? Will she be the size of your house? Draw a picture of your new pet.
  9. You have been elected to start your own country! Tell about it.
  10. Think of something nice to do for someone. Be more creative than just holding open a door or smiling at a new student. Write or tell about what you would do, and then come up with a plan to do it.
  11. List some things that can be recycled (plastic bottles, old newspapers). Now, list some items that aren’t recyclable (Styrofoam, lightbulbs). How could you reuse these items? Why do you think recycling is important?

Creative Thinking In a JarFor more activities and questions to turn kids’ imaginations upside down, check out Creative Thinking In a Jar®.

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