Having relocated over the summer, I'm working with an entirely new group of kids, introducing them to the Destination Imagination program. Other than my own kids, none of the kids in this group has ever participated in a creative problem solving program.
With the introductions over, I presented the kids with a simple verbal challenge straight out of Team Challenges:
- Name different kinds of rock
Of course, their first answers were just what you might expect, but as they pushed around the circle searching for more creative answers, I could see the lights go on. They excitedly added more unique answers, becoming exceedingly pleased with themselves. In less than five minutes, they had discovered how to veer from the norm to come up with creative solutions to a simple problem. I love to watch this happen!
I won't spoil the fun here, but if you want to see some of the answers these kids came up with, check the comments below this post; I'll share them there.