Imagine the absolute very worst possible way to complete a task! This is harder than it sounds. Typically, everyone’s first inclination is to figure out the best way to complete a task or make something—but this activity asks the opposite. This group activity challenges children to think in opposites, which can be a useful strategy for creativity.
- Pen or pencil
1. Pick any scenario from the list below:
- Walk a dog
- Get a drink of water
- Get from home to school
- Find a new pet
- Make a sandwich
2. Now try to imagine the very worst possible way to do these things. Write down the ideas.
3. Share your ideas with a partner and see if he or she can come up with an even worse way to do the same thing.
Try these add-on activities:
- Do the activity solo. Instead of sharing ideas with a partner, record the ideas in a notebook and ask a friend later if they can come up with an even worse way to do it.
- Come up with new scenarios, and then do the activity.