Next, we will present a list suggesting techniques for our students to develop creativity:
- Ask the student to make a list of all utilitarian objects that he may come in contact with in a 24 hour period. Have him select, for future purposes, those items that can cause friction (or problems, difficulties, etc.) in terms of their function or appearance.
- Another strategy can be the following: Ask the student to make a list of all utilitarian items he can related to the areas of work, study, transport, recreation, relaxation, feeding, agriculture, etc. Let him cover those items or problems more promising that he came across with.
- State a class problem and search as many alternative solutions as possible. For example, why has a manufacturer extended paid holidays for his employees from one to two weeks?
- Present a common object to the class, such as the lid of a plastic container, and ask them to provide alternative functions that it may serve.
- Have students guess the purpose of some object from a minimum set of verbal or graphic hints. For example, if the object is a mug, draw in the board an incomplete handle, adding more parts, such as the rest of the handle, until the students guess the correct item.
- Let the student redefine or redesign items by examining their characteristics. For a wall calendar, for example (representing the graphic arts), the list of attributes generated by the students may include numbers, months, horizontal, vertical, advertisements, sheets, paper texture, hanging device, drawings, poems, footnotes, descriptions, characters names, color, folds, moon phases, important dates, typography, etc. He needs to pay special attention to the different attributes in terms of enhancements or innovations.
- Have the student make connections between ideas or items seemingly unconnected. The connections will serve as starting point to develop ideas to set aside for later, combined function units, and other relationships that suggest continuous improvement.
- Have the students suggest (orally or graphically) enhancements for a daily used object.
- Encourage the students to be recipient to other people’s ideas. Have them research times when “extravagant” ideas have been very successful.