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Creative thinking


Ask children thought-provoking questions to help them to think creatively, for example:

  • "what would happen if dogs could talk?"
  • "what will our homes be like in 100 years time?"
  • "can you make a list of things you can't do in this country?"
  • "what are the similarities between a telephone and a lion?"

Ask ‘how many different ways’ questions. For example, ask "how many ways can a button/paper cup/piece of plasticine be used?" Then hand round the object to help the children come up with ideas.




Ideas for creative activities for young people aged 11+


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These activities are taken from 'ArtSmart: developing and accrediting young people's creativity' (2010) with permission from UK Youth.




Invent a machine


Invent the machine that your family, class or group (and probably many other people) have always needed! ‘Dragon’s Den’ here we come!

What you need:

  • Large sheets of plain white paper
  • Pencils and erasers
  • Felt-tipped pens, crayons and other art materials.

What you do:

  • Think about a machine that your family, class or group really needs, but no one has invented yet! Maybe you could use a making-packed-lunches-machine, a helping-children-go-to-sleep-machine, or a finding-things machine…
  • What would your machine look like and how would it work?
  • Scribble all of your ideas down on the edges of a large piece of paper, or the back of an envelope. Doodle some of your ideas, like a real inventor.
  • Then bring your best ideas together to design your machine.
  • When everyone has finished designing their special machines, show each other what you’ve created and talk about how your machines will work.

Some things to talk about together:

  • What will you call your special invention?
  • What difference would this machine make to your lives?
  • If you can’t have this machine, what other things could you do as a family, class or group to help solve the problems? Write or draw your ideas around your machines.

Other ideas:

  • Instead of using paper, make a model of your machine using construction-type toys, like K’nex or Lego.
  • Or use all kinds of boxes and plastic packaging to build your machine out of junk. Include things like elastic bands, paper fasteners, string, and paper-clips and maybe you could find a way to make your model really move.
  • Watch a funny film together about inventing – like one of Nick Park’s ‘Wallace and Gromit’ stories. What kind of machine might Wallace make for your family, class or group?



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