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Middle schoolers are some of the most creative people on the planet! They can create blank forts, apps, videos, and 100,000,000 other creative things. We see it every single day inside and outside the classroom and our camps.
Check out this creativity from middle school students in our Council of What If in today’s Daily Adventure!
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Middle schoolers are pretty creative on their own, but it is possible to encourage creativity if they need a little boost!
Watch this Alike (8:01) a short animated film on embracing daily creativity with your middle schooler.
Challenge their creativity: Try The Tower Build Challenge! Here’s how: Break up into two teams and give each team a pair of scissors, two sheets of paper, ten paper clips, and a 10-inch piece of tape, and ask them to build the tallest free-standing tower in 20 minutes. Debrief afterward, and give a positive comment before a critical one: “I liked that you [blank], and I wonder if you could have also [blank].”
Looking for new mealtime conversation starters? Use the following questions as prompts and let the chatting begin! Don’t talk with your mouth full!
- What makes it easier for you to exercise creativity?
- How can we make small changes as a family to create a creative environment at home?
Student Design Challenge
Practice creativity. Play a quick game of Complete The Picture. In this design challenge, you get a stack of simple one-line scribbles and a stack of short phrases. You must create the phrase from one of the doodles! Easy, right? Check out Zane’s examples and directions in the photos to learn to play!
- Here is some phrases to get you started “Happy as a clam”, “I can’t get no satisfaction”, “Where in the world?”, “A hard day’s night”, “Human nature”, “The art of noise”, “Here comes trouble”. (Add your own phrases too!)
- Helpful Hint: Turn it into a game with a family member by having one person draw the scribble and phrase and then pass it to the other person!
- Start with a phrase like this “Happy as a clam” – then use the initial line to draw a picture of the phrase.
Explore More: Watch What is Creativity? (1:45) to start some creative thinking! “Creativity is inventing, experiement, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” ~ Mary Lou Cook
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