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Brainstorming Activity

by Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book

Try this list of brainstorming activities to help develop creative thinking skills in your child.

According to Susan K. Perry in Playing Smart, the more a child uses brainstorming skills, the more creative a thinker she will be. Brainstorming is thinking up as many answers to a question as possible. Below are some ideas to get you started. After you've brainstormed for a while, brainstorm some new brainstorming topics!


  1. Think up far-fetched excuses for why something was or wasn't done, for example: I didn't have a bath because the tub was full of piranhas.
  2. Ask the question Must you ______ to ______? For example: Must you go to school to be smart?
  3. Make up a ten-ways-not-to list, for example: Ten Ways Not to Get Good Grades: Sleep during class. Don't do your homework....
  4. Fill in the blanks in the following sentence: It was so ______ that ______. For example: It was so hot outside that my lemonade boiled.
  5. Make up a 101-uses-for list, for example: 101 Uses for Paper Clips: Holding papers together. Picking locks. Making necklaces. Playing with magnets....
  6. Think up as many oxymorons (figures of speech that seem to contradict themselves) as you can, for example: an honest thief or tears of joy. Just for fun, you might think up oxymorons that are particular to your family. In our house, quiet boy and sleeping baby are oxymorons!