If you are running a team building or problem-solving session and you probably need people to come up with creative ideas. Starting with a few puzzles for brain development can get those creative juices flowing.
Brain Puzzle #1: Use for an object
Split your group into two or three man teams. Produce an everyday object and ask for alternative uses for the object. For example, provide a brick and ask for applications for new uses. Your teams will likely start out with fairly predictable answers such as a paperweight or using it as a chock to stop a car rolling forward.
As the game progresses, it becomes a great deal harder to think of a new use. Soon, ideas will come such as grind it up and use the sand for lining your fish tank. Alternatively, cutting it up into thin slices, gluing cork to one side and using it to make coasters. When you get ideas like those, then it is time to move on to your goal for the day.Improve #creativity by producing an everyday object and asking for alternative usesClick To Tweet
Brain Puzzle #2: Tell a story
This is an old game, but it still a great brain teaser. There are two variations. The first involves starting with a catchphrase. For example, such as the old favorite, “It was a dark and stormy night….”, and then the next person must continue the story until you finally come to an end.
You can instead start with a group of words and invite anyone to take the phrase and build a character around it. For example, give everyone the words ‘ wart, bolt, hairy, large and rotten’ and ask them to create a description of a monster.
Brain Puzzle #3: Building a mnemonic
What is a mnemonic? A mnemonic is a group of words that help you remember the order of something. For example, the phrase, “My Very Excited Mother Just Served Us Nine Pies” (MVEMJSUNP) lists the order of the planets. From the sun outwards – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
Write down two or three random words and break the group into smaller groups. Give each group one word and ask them to think up a mnemonic that includes the given the word and lists the order.
Puzzles for brain development are abounding on the internet, and many are available if these few do not appeal to you.
…And while you’re at it, why not share these puzzles with a friend too?