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Get ready for a veritable feast of innovative thinking. Please find below, a list of 130 innovative projects that can stretch anyone's thinking. Some may be completed in 5 mins. Others might take days. The focus for these thinking projects? Innovation, creativity and outright wonder.
Thinking Provocations

Insects always seem to know when the weather is about to change. Ants work faster, and many flying insects just seem to disappear.

Design a special weather reporting service that is based on observation of insects. Include the following in your plan:

  • the name/title of the service
  • an example of the way a report would be read out on the radio or T.V.

Divide a large sheet of paper into thirty squares. Now ask thirty different people to draw their favourite natural thing (either a place or an object) in one of the squares.

Display the final product in a prominent location.

Consider a giant clam’s perspective as it looks up to the surface from the bottom of a busy harbour. Its view would include anchors, propellors, marine creatures, various forms of pollution and the bottom of many boats.

Draw this sight the way that the clam would see it.

While exploring near the North Pole, you are suddenly caught in a freezing snowstorm which places you in a state of suspended animation.

In the year 2350 A.D., you are discovered and returned to life in a future world that has seen many changes since your own time.

Describe and draw the five most significant differences you will be likely to see.

A scientist working in a nearby FunPark has developed a technique for taking a super-slide down the edge of giant rainbows. Imagine that you have been allowed to take the first ride.

In your own words, describe:

  • what it felt like on your skin
  • what it looked like as you sped down the slide
  • what it sounded like as you slid down the curve
  • what it smelt like up high in the clouds and rain.

You have been asked to memorise the following digits in correct order:


Create a story that would help you to do this.