Thinking Outside the Box Activities

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been an educator for 20 years and earned her Master of Education degree in 2017. She enjoys using her experience to provide engaging resources for other teachers.

Thinking outside the box is an essential skill in today's world. Use these partner activities to help your high school students practice brainstorming ideas, learn new vocabulary, and create a graphic representation of the concept.

Thinking Outside the Box Activities

Thinking outside the box to craft innovative solutions to complex problems is an important skill in both academic and workplace environments. Use these partner activities with your high school students to help them brainstorm, become familiar with outside-the-box vocabulary, and represent the concept artistically. Each activity has both an independent and a partner component.

Brainstorming Business Solutions

  • Materials: business scenario class example, business scenarios, guiding questions (optional, for added support).

In this activity, students will review a business scenario and respond to it by brainstorming potential solutions. Provide a brainstorming example detailing a problem that a current business is facing or a community need which can be met by establishing a new business. As a class, brainstorm a list of ideas. Consider each idea and determine if it qualifies as ''outside the box''. This portion of the activity will help students define the concept and mirror the process on their own.

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