Find ways to combine things that may not seem to fit together. Choose two different items and draw how they might be combined. This activity challenges children to practice creative thinking.
- Pencil, marker, crayon or pen
- Create a list of different objects and types of things. For types of things, think of different categories or groups. In the list below, there are examples of objects and types of things.
Objects Type of… Piece of furniture Fruit A vehicle Fish A food flavoring Rock A computer Human dwelling A cooking stove Tool A lampshade Bicycle
- Next, pick two objects or one object and one type of thing and think about how silly it would be to combine them into one thing. For example, a piece of furniture that is also a type of fruit, or a lampshade that is also a type of book.
- Draw a picture of this new, combined object! What would a lampshade that is also a book look like?
- Don’t stop with just one. If you can think of more ways to combine these two things, go for it!
- Come up with as many weird combinations as possible. Then move down the list and pick two more things to combine.
Try these add-on activities:
- Create a new list of objects and types of things. The harder it seems to combine the two, the better!
- Gather photos of each object or thing from magazines. Cut out the pictures to practice combining them. For example, place a picture of a chair next to a watermelon to help spark ideas. Maybe the chair is green on top and pink with black seeds underneath.