Like any exercise, we start with a warm-up…
- Find inspiration everywhere (look at picture books, take photos around the house, collect natural items in the park)
- Respect everyone’s ideas, even if they sound crazy or might not make sense
- Let everyone share their ideas
- Collaborate on ideas, work as a team
- Don’t be afraid to make a mess
If you’re brain’s feeling a bit stiff and sore, start with something you know and do something new with it…
- What else could you do with a common comb? plunger? salad spinner? shoe lace?
- What does it look like to paint with a spatula? Make a shaving cream sculpture?
- Get creative with chores you have to do: Work together towards a common goal (what if EVERYONE from baby to dad helps make dinner?)
- Ask “What else?”
- Use different items together (what kind of game can you invent with supplies from 5 different games?)
Story-telling: the intermediate workout…
- Go someplace new and people watch. What could their story be?
- Start a story during a car ride. Someone starts, and everyone takes turns adding ideas and characters.
- While eating out, pick a neighboring table and guess what kind of food everyone will order. What makes you say that?
- Tell stories together- One person can start, and someone else can pick up the tale, campfire-style
Now it’s time to really feel the burn!
- Have a 10 minute dance party
- Talk to a friend on the phone in an accent during the entire conversation
- While cooking dinner, pretend you’re a Food Network host
- While brushing your teeth, pretend you’re on a commercial selling toothpaste
- Build a fort together. Everyone has 5 minutes to run around the house and grab materials.
Have you tried any of these ideas? How did it go? How do you practice creativity at home? Leave us a comment and let us know!