Give possible interpretations for: Thinkers
• Your neighbour making large circles in his
back garden by pouring oil from a can.
• 2 people crying and hugging each other.
• A mouse running towards a cat.
• A person smiling and talking on a phone.
• 2 people talking and then laughing hysteri-
• Your neighbour sweeping the roof.
• Your teaching coming into school with a suit-
case full of jelly beans.
• A man walking backwards and forwards in
your living room.
• 5 people standing in a field
waving their arms above
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Reverse Key Alternative Key
List: List ways of doing tasks without normal imple-
ments. Work out 3 ways to:
• Comments friends wouldn’t make to each.
other. • Brush teeth without a toothbrush.
• Things you can’t measure with a ruler. • Measure the depth of a well without a tape-
• Things you can’t do with a piece of paper.
• Wash clothes without a washing machine.
• Things you can’t eat with a fork.
• Mark out a football pitch without paint.
• Things you can’t put in water.
• Eat porridge without a spoon.
• Things you can’t do with your feet.
• Secure your house without a key.
• Things you can’t do when sitting down.
• Dig a garden without a spade.
• Things you can’t change shape.
• Stir your cup of tea with a knife, fork or
• Bugs that aren’t insects. spoon.
• Things you would not find on a beach. • Brush hair without a comb or brush.
• Eat your dinner with no cutlery.
• Sleep outside without a tent.
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Forced Relationships Key What If Key
Use 2 or more unrelated objects to solve a prob- What if...
lem. Solve the problem of:
• ...we each had 10 cars.
• Litter in the playground using a packet of
mints, a rubber band and a pencil. • ...friends only lasted a week.
• No games to play at lunchtime with a ball, 2 • ...you could only eat sweets once a year.
sticks and a drum.
• ...you had 1 million pounds.
• An argument between 2 friends with a pencil
sharpener and a chair. • ...there were no schools.
• Noisy neighbours with a red nose and a • ...you were stranded on a desert island.
• ...there was no sea.
• Children running in school with a ball, a tam-
bourine and a pair of sunglasses. • ...we could all bring an animal to school.
• Getting wet in the rain using newspaper and • ...everyone had 10 brothers and sisters.
a piece of wool.
• ...nobody smiled.
• ...we had an extra day in each week.
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Disadvantages Key Construction Key
List the disadvantages and improvements to: Construct a:
• An umbrella. • Measuring device using 2 paper plates, string
and a block of chocolate.
• Car seats.
• Ladder using newspaper, toothpicks and
• Slippers. masking tape.
• School. • Clock using sticks and a plate.
• Chopsticks. • Robot using bottle tops, matchboxes and
• School bags.
• Musical instrument using paperclips, elastic
• A lawnmower. bands, tin foil, box and cotton reel.
• A chair. • Somewhere to sit using a piece of string,
stick and balloon.
• A wheelbarrow.
• Table using cardboard, string and rulers.
• Egg timer using a candle, paper and marker
• Trainers. pens.
• Toy car. • Baby’s toy using paper, a ball and 4 sticks.
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Dispute Key Combination Key
Consider statements which are usually accepted Combine attributes of two products to make a new
without question and try to dispute them: one.
• Every school much teach history. • Car and plane.
• You have the right to smoke. • Scissors and teddy bear.
• You must do what your parents say. • Train and umbrella.
• You must follow instructions. • Book and pram.
• You do not have to learn how to do maths. • Pram and umbrella.
• You must save endangered species. • Magazine and bicycle.
• Children should go to school. • Bus and fountain pen.
• Children must sit on the carpet at story time. • Elastic band and a bag.
• Everyone should be able to vote over the age • Chair and a spoon.
• Television and a fridge.
• Washing machine and a car.
• Chair and a fridge.
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Alphabet Key Invention Key
Place the letters A to Z down the side of the page. Invent a:
For each letter name:
• Machine for peeling oranges
• Leisure activities.
• A combination knife and fork.
• Modes of transport.
• Shoes that carry you to school.
• Chair with a book holder.
• A spider catcher.
• Girls names.
• A sandwich making machine.
• Boys names.
• Clothes that don’t need ironing.
• Things people enjoy.
• Flying machine.
• Machine that turns book pages for you.
• Towns / Cities.
• Machine for catching mice.
• Pop groups.
• Machine that gets you dressed in the
• Toys. morning.
• Machine that cleans all the house.
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Brainstorming Key BAR Key
(Bigger, Add, Replace)
Think of as many ways as you can to:
Use the B.A.R. key to:
• Ways to encourage people to use public
transport. • Improve your bike.
• Of catching a rat. • Redesign school.
• Make a computer game.
• Of getting your parent buy you a dog.
• Improve your house.
• To eat pizza.
• To use a pencil. • Redesign the Blackpool tower.
• To encourage people to eat healthy food. • Change the games of tennis.
• Crossing a river. • Redesign the pen.
• Redesign the Playstation.
• Cool down.
• Improve the school tables.
• Build a den.
• Improve the school teacher.
• To encourage people not to drop litter.
• To encourage people to skip.
• Use other materials to
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Variation Key Question Key
How many ways can you: Give five questions with the answer:
• Get to school without a car. • Friendship.
• Make new friends. • Centimetre.
• Communicate with someone without • Fish.
• Make someone laugh.
• Keep dry in the rain.
• Change your expression.
• Create art.
• Order a takeaway.
• Get to Spain.
• Write your name.
• Orange juice.
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Commonality Key Prediction Key
Find common points between: Predict:
• A ruler and ice-cream. • How schools with operate in 100 years.
• A friend and a present. • The most important form of public transport
in 50 years.
• A jumper and a mountain.
• What foods we will eat in 100 years.
• A sock and a monkey.
• How you will look when you are 20.
• A clock and a door.
• What the country will be like in 1000 years.
• A dog and a sheep.
• What kind of clothes we will wear in 100
• A bicycle and a newspaper. years.
• A basket and a glass. • What your computer will look like in 100
• A teddy and a goldfish.
• What the house of the future will look like.
• Grass and a carpet.
• What books will be like in 50 years.
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Different Uses Key Ridiculous Key
How many different uses can you think of for: Make a statement that would normally seem
ridiculous and reason why it might work:
• A broken rulers.
• The whole world has the same time zones.
• Empty drink bottle.
• 6 year olds can drive.
• A carrier bag.
• Dogs can play tennis.
• An empty cardboard box.
• 10 year olds go to work.
• A bin bag.
• You only go to school 1 day a week.
• A piece of string.
• We don’t need to wear shoes.
• A plastic cup.
• Everyone speaks the same language.
• A paper cup.
• Children should be teachers.
• A plastic straw.
• Old people can go to primary school.
• An old 2p.
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