This activity is based on a creativity test developed by psychologist Ellis Paul Torrance. Torrance created the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking (TTCT) which sought to test people’s creativity and not just IQ.
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Students are given an image like the one shown in the picture below.
Students are then given one or two minutes to complete the picture and give it a title.
After they have completed the task each student has to explain what they have drawn and the title.
This is a simple activity that is sure to get your students thinking creatively.
Here are some example of what others have created.
(image credits and for more drawings: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/galleries/2010/07/10/creativity-test.html#slide1)
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ESL Telegram is a simple warmer that can be used with all levels and is a great activity to let students be creative.
Riddles can be a great way to practice speaking with ESL students. Riddles are a fantastic way to practice vocabulary and also engage students to think outside the box. This weeks’ game is a simple “What am I?” set of riddles. These riddles are made for young learners.
These can also be used with other levels as quick warmers.
Activity Time: 5 mins +
Materials required: Whiteboard and optionally a projector to use the digital version below.
Skills practiced: Speaking, brainstorming,vocabulary and fluency.
Level: Young learners
1. Write or project the riddles in the following presentation.
2. Encourage students to guess what the answer is. Slowly reveal each answer, encouraging students to continue guessing. Students don’t need to understand every word to guess the answer. Try not to explain every word. Students can be put in pairs and write down their answers also. This can be a good way to make this a communicative task.