Instructional design/Divergent Thinking/Example Activities with SCAMPER

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This looks like a lot of work

Alright, by now you're thinking this is way more that I can do on my own. Well, just with anything else, getting started is the most difficult thing to do. So, here are three different examples, that can get you started. They can be applied to mostly any age group you are doing work. But if you don't like any of these, well guess what? You can practice SCAMPER and see what else you can make from these activities.

Activity 1

Classroom Activity

Take your class to visit an art museum. Try to find pieces of art that may have been generated using SCAMPER verbs. Pop Art or Modern Art Museums would be a good place to start.

Activity 2

Put to Other Uses: Using Part of SCAMPER

Joan Steiner's book Look Alikes is a great example of putting objects to other uses. For this example, using common objects to create extraordinary landscapes. It can provide a challenge for anyone from a child to adult to find new ways to use the things around us.


Activity 3

Any age level

Look through magazines, web searches or gift catalogs. On your own or with others help, collect pictures that illustrate the use of each of the SCAMPER verbs in developing new products. You many want to use the pictures to create a collage, bulletin board, or a Pintrest page if done digitally.

Or you could bring in a series of household items and ask students to pick one, then use one of the SCAMPER verbs to create another use for it and share it out to the group.

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  1. Steiner, J. (1998). Look Alikes. New York: Little, Brown and Company.