Have you ever thought what does it mean to think creatively? Well, there is not a single definition that is apt to define creativity. Creativity can be defined as a way to look at things differently and a way to look at different things.
Thinking "out of box", being aware and original, understanding how thought processes work and finding multiple solutions to a given problem, are some of the positive effects of creative thinking.
Looking at these positives, it's very important that creativity is inculcated and developed right from one's childhood, although it's never too late to start and one can work on being creative at any age. So if you are looking for some effective creative thinking exercises for all ages, just read on to find some really effective ones.
Think "Out of Box"
To conduct this activity, place a huge box in the middle of the class room. Ask one of the students to stand in that box and take a deep breath, close his eyes and visualize how he looks at the world around him, his ideals. Give him a few minutes and then ask him to open his eyes and leave whatever he just thought of behind him and step out of the box.
Many students will find this whole exercise funny and ridiculous. This is where you explain them that no idea or thought should be termed as "ridiculous", just because it is out of the ordinary or it has never been thought of before. So, by undertaking this "out of box" activity, you are literally asking the students to think different, to think unusual.
"When you think of the color green, what all emotions it invokes in you", "When a person is happy, what kind of emotions does he feel?", "What would happen if the rainwater color turns to purple one day?" In short, let the people's imagination run wild!
For example, if the theme is "high population", its positive point can be that it keeps the labor cost down, negative can be unemployment and poverty, interesting can be that it gives one a sense of security. Likewise, give a number of themes to the group and ask the participants to look at the theme from various perspectives.
Other effective exercises are - Reading out a story to a group minus the end and then asking different individuals to come up with their own "perfect ending", planning creative sessions wherein each member of the group gets a chance to exhibit his talent, be it playing a musical instrument, writing stories, or painting.
Creativity exercises, such as these, are a good way to rekindle a person's imagination and instilling originality in him. When it comes to developing creativity, unlearning what one has learned is the key!