Introducing children to brainstorming will help them start a creative process that can generate many great ideas in their lives. It helps them gather thoughts and find different solutions to a problem. Asking them to put on their thinking cap every now and then will eventually allow brainstorming to evolve into a natural skill. Now, how can you do that? Check out this week’s “1 minute Peppy Talk”!
“In a tower in a castle in the big forest there is a princess. She has been captured by an evil witch. This very day a prince is riding by. He sees the princess and wonders if there is anything he can do to help her. The princess would really like to get out of the tower.”
Ask: What could she do to get out of there?
REMEMBER! It doesn’t matter if the solutions are good or bad, reasonable or unreasonable.
- How many suggestions did you come up with?
- Was it easy or difficult to come up with the solutions?
- When could it also be good to be inventive?
- Do you usually come up with many solutions before you decide on something?
- What could you do to help if a friend has a problem?
Purpose: To train your ability to come up with many solutions to a problem
Want to experience more? Social and Emotional learning is about practicing core competencies like creativity and imagination. It’s also about practicing empathy, learn how to label and handle both your own and other’s emotions as well as collaboration. Try reading other stories with your child and ask the same questions. Peppy Pals e-books are great stories where you can brainstorm solutions to problems that arise as you read.