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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

If other creatures really do live in distant parts of the universe, what type of musical instruments do you think they might have created? They would probably be unlike anything that has ever been seen or heard on Earth.

Draw and caption at least three of their possible instruments. Then try and create the sound that these instruments would make.

You have been given the magical power to actually ‘dive into’ the real world of any photograph in your hand.

Find at least three photos that you would most like to enter, and create an incredible adventure that happens with one of them.

Study the way that a crab so easily moves in many different directions.

Now apply these ideas to the design of a new type of bicycle.

If you were able to talk for one hour with a famous person from the past, who would you choose?

List at least five questions that you would like to ask, and focus on their feelings rather than facts, e.g. ‘How did you feel when…?’ rather than ‘What was the name of the person who…?’

You have been allowed to visit the largest Inter-galactic zoo in the universe. What would the creatures look like?

Draw at least five of the zoo’s residents, and include the following information:

  • their names
  • their peculiar behaviours
  • their eating habits
  • the type of enclosure that is needed to contain them.

Draw twenty circles. Now, by only using simple Smiley-type faces, try to draw twenty different expressions that people sometimes use.

Choose the best possible title, e.g. frowning, quizzical, to describe each of the faces.