Creativity Brain Training Games

Patterns

Wednesday, 02 May 2012   |   Creative Thinking

SnowflakeThe world we live in is an amazingly complex place.  Space is larger than we can imagine in every direction, and yet everything in it is comprised of components that are smaller than we can imagine.  Take a grain of sand for instance.  It is comprised of approximately 2 * 10^19 atoms.  Those atoms are made up of protons, neutrons and electrons, which themselves are made up of quarks and gluons and on it goes.  Science continues to extend our understanding of the world in both directions every day.

 

Creative Rap Lyrics

Monday, 30 April 2012   |   Creativity Games

MicrophoneThis week we're rapping.

Game:  There are 3 random words below.  Rap artists are the masters of figurative language and this game involves being like them.  Think of a metaphor or simile involving one of these words and express it in lyrical form.

  • mess
  • file
  • code
 

Your Creative Todo List

Friday, 27 April 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

Todo ListSometimes we just need a little kick start to get us going.  Sometimes we just need a bit of fun.  Sometimes it all begins when you're least expecting it.  This weeks challenge aims to get you doing things you probably didn't think you would be this week.  But that's ok because you're creative and out of the ordinary is par for the course as far as you're concerned.  So dive in and let's get started.

 

Boring Tasks Spur Creative Thinking

Wednesday, 25 April 2012   |   Creative Thinking

ambidextrousSo I've spent the last few days setting up some new computer labs for a school.  It was a fairly monotonous job that involved running through the same sets of tasks over and over on all the computers.  Kinda boring to begin with but eventually I flipped over to autopilot and it became mostly subconscious.  That's when the fun began as the creative side of me began to ponder and wonder.

 

Creative Haiku Poem

Sunday, 22 April 2012   |   Creativity Games

Three PebblesThis week we're waxing poetic.

Game:  There are 3 random words below.  You are to write a haiku poem where one of these words is on each line.  See below for more on what a haiku poem is.  You may pick whatever subject you like for your poem.

  • wool
  • herb
  • cactus
 

Awesomify Your Avatar

Friday, 20 April 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

CrazyI'm willing to be that a fair number of you have accounts on various websites (hopefully this one included).  And part of that account will include an avatar,  an image or icon that represents you.  It's surprising how many of them are pretty average.  I suppose a lot of people just chuck any old picture up and then don't give it another thought.  Well that avatar can and should say a lot about you so this weeks challenge is going to tackle this pressing issue.

 

Creativity as a Skill or Mindset?

Wednesday, 18 April 2012   |   Creative Thinking

stopwatchI have seen various discussions on whether creative thinking is a natural ability, something that you are either born with or without, or a skill, something that can be taught and that we all can learn.  I like to favor the latter.  Through my own experience I have seen many people improve in their ability to be creative.  Today, while marking a stack of assignments, I came across a different point of view.  Maybe creativity is not a skill but a mindset.

 

Follow the Leader

Monday, 16 April 2012   |   Creativity Games

Natural LeaderThis week we're assigning.

Game:  There are 6 random words below.  Your task is to imagine they are human (ie, each of them is actually a personification of that word) and decide which one out of the group would make the best leader.  Make sure you explain why.

  • chair
  • formula
  • kidney
  • vase
  • coal
  • evening
 

Your own MicroNation

Friday, 13 April 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

MapWell well well. It's Friday 13th.  A day that is typically considered to be one of bad luck and misfortune.  What better day to begin a grand adventure.  There are many ideas out there that at first glance seem quite crazy.  This weeks challenge involves one that I thought was silly to the Nth degree when I first heard of it.  Then I discovered that many people have actually undertaken it, and had quite a bit of fun with it.

 

To Pursue or not Your Creative Idea

Wednesday, 11 April 2012   |   Creative Thinking

MemoryYou are a creative person.  As a creative person, you have ideas.  Some of them are no doubt quite grand.  The question is,  should you pursue them or not?  Working out if your idea is truly awesome, with world changing possibilities, or just a silly idea that'll never take off is one of the hardest things to predict.  Here's some food for thought.

 

The 5th Dimension

Monday, 09 April 2012   |   Creativity Games

3dThis week we're reimagining.

Game:  There are 3 random words below.  Use one or more of them as inspiration to suggest a possible 5th dimension and a unit of measurement for that dimension.  Aim to be humorous or witty.  (see below for more info)

  • cat
  • snore
  • briefcase
 

Project Global Creativity

Friday, 06 April 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

WorldThis weeks challenge is of epic proportions.  When you're project can enlist the excitement of many others it takes on an energy that propels it forward.  Ideas that seem silly or impossible become doable and great once you aplify the goal.  With that in mind, this weeks challenge is an experiment to see just how big we can go.  I'm going to need the help of many so be prepared to spread the word.

 
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