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Brain Gym

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Encourage creative thinking; thinking beyond the borders of reality; expanding imagination.. Good, if you feel stuck in the planning process

Description of the tool

This exercise is not about developing realistic inventions, it is about training your brain to think beyond the borders of reality.

Ask the group to think of as many as possible new functions for an object of your choice. For example, if you take a nutshell, it could have a function of a boat for a dwarf, a rice container, a roof of a very small house, a funky shoe, an earring, etc. You might want to arrange a battle between two groups: who comes up with more original ideas? Take simple objects from everyday life – bottle caps, stones, strings, tissues, tape, etc.


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Tool overview

This tool is for

5 - 25

and addresses

Youth Initiatives, Project Management, Organisational Management

Materials needed:

A collection of objects


10 -15 min.

Behind the tool

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The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Evelina Taunyte (on 2 March 2006)

and last modified

17 December 2008

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