What’s the point of the box?

It’s often said that the successful adults of tomorrow will be adept at thinking outside of the box. Why?

For most tests and exams that pupils take between the ages of 7 and 17, outside the box thinking is not much help.  What is needed is the knowledge that 6 x 7 is 42, not that 42 might be the answer to the ultimate question (whatever that was).

And yet, all around us we see a world that develops because of inventions and discoveries that we willingly use and can’t imagine how they work.

It is this thought that really provides an answer to the puzzling question – should children be taught facts or should they be taught to explore, experiment, consider, develop and re-arrange?

The answer of course is both.  Those who do discover and develop know their basics, but their brains started to explore the unknown from a very early age.

And this is what “Brilliant Activities to Stimulate Creative Thinking” is about.  It does not suggest that children should not study all that they are required to study, but that as well there should be times when they engage in activities that take their brains in different, unexpected, directions.

The focus is thinking differently, thinking again, and thinking one step ahead.  The approach comes through the development of digging deeper within one’s thoughts.

The book contains a whole series of activities of different types, from Create and Make, through to Brain Trainers, via Quick Draw activities (which focus on synthesis and analysis) and Movers and Shakers (evaluation, analysis and synthesis).

Overall the book encourages the reader to contemplate the gaps between the familiar.  By entertaining new possibilities and exploring alternative perspectives, the children enjoy expressing the riches of their imagination.

Brilliant Activities to Stimulate Creative Thinking has over 150 challenges that will provide mental stimulation for all children.

These 10-15 minute activities can be used first thing in the morning to fire-up your class, to engage fast finishers, or for homework.  There is no telling where the activities will end, but it is possible that after a while some of your pupils may not just go beyond the box, they may even deny there was a box there in the first place.

To see free sample activities click here.

Once you are on our secure website, ordering is easy!

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