The Mission Impossible series gives children opportunities to generate original solutions to specific issues. In this series children are encouraged to come up with new ideas as quickly as possible – almost spontaneously – thus taking away any form of inhibitions or constrains. Mission impossible is about creative thinking. The focus is to trigger children’s imagination and to enhance their knowledge and creativity. I have tried this with children many times already and the results are always very impressive. So why not try it? Print out the funs sheets and share the results with us…!
Creative intuitions and approaches have driven forward human culture across the world in diverse areas: in the sciences, technology, philosophy, the arts and humanities. Creative thinking is thus more than simply coming up with random ideas. It is a tangible competence, grounded in knowledge and practice, that supports individuals in achieving better outcomes, sometimes in constrained and challenging environments. Organisations and societies around the world increasingly depend on innovation and, in this context, creative thinking is the driver behind it. Every individual, to a greater or smaller degree, has the potential to think creatively, thus creative thinking is a more democratic phenomenon than one might first believe. Furthermore, there is a general consensus among psychologists and educators that creative thinking, can improve other individual abilities, including metacognitive capacities, inter- and intra-personal and problem-solving skills, as well as promoting identity development, academic achievement, future career success and social engagement. Creative thinking has been defined as ‘the competence to engage productively in the generation, improvement, and evaluation of ideas, that can result in original and effective solutions, advances in knowledge and impactful expressions of imagination’. (Pisa 2021). Creative thinking is therefore the ability to think differently: to see a problem or issue from a new angle or perspective. This often allows to find a new solution, or even to see that the problem does not necessarily need one.
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