Daily Creativity #0006

Lidor WyssockyDaily Creativity

Every day we play with a creative challenge. What we create doesn’t have to be grand. It doesn’t have to be perfect. We aim to stretch our creative muscles, be playful, and have fun!

Every day we take a little journey with some unexpected turns. That’s the beauty of creativity. If you just let it, it will fill you with wonder.

The Challenge

Our creative challenge today is made of the following set. If you are familiar with the creomondi building blocks, use the set to explore, imagine, and create. Alternatively, read how we played with it for inspiration first.

The Playground We Will Explore

The Seed We Will Use in our Exploration

And We Are Aiming to Create…

Let’s Play

Today we are playing with an ordinary object — an everyday item we are familiar with and use for a specific task. Our challenge is to imagine a new use of that object.

There are at least two ways to play this game. You could think of an object first and then look for inspiration for a new way to use it. Alternatively, you could look for inspiration and then apply it to an item that could be useful.

I decided to play with the first option this time, and so, before I started the creative exploration, I thought of an object: a grater.

At this point, I could have just stared at my grater and wait for inspiration to come. But, since the set we are playing with today also includes a Playground and a Seed, I used them for my creative exploration. I’ve used my morning walk (as the Playground today is practically anywhere). I kept the Supernatural Seed in mind and looked for something I could connect to it. Clearly, I also had the grater in mind, and the combination of the two focused my attention on this palm tree.

If you wonder how it connects to Supernatural, well, it’s really a free association. It was the “natural” part that focused me on the tree, and, in retrospect, it was grand and impressive, which could connect it to the “super” prefix. Anyway, what’s really great about this discovery is that I found it resembling to… well, a grater. I should say that this was not necessarily the focus of my creative exploration. I didn’t consciously look for things that resemble a grater. I was more focused on something inspired by the Supernatural Seed. So, don’t feel you have to look for things inspired by both the Seed and the object you’ve picked.

Ok, so I took a photo of my discovery and went on with my walk. When I got back home, I approached the second (and central) part of the challenge: finding a new use for a grater. I explored the photo again and noticed something I hadn’t before. In a very abstract way, this trunk looked like a grater. But now, I’ve noticed it also looked as if spikes are growing out of it. I thought I could easily simulate this structure using my grater. All I have to do is to find things to fit into its holes. I tried some pens and pencils first, but they were too thick. And then, I remembered I had a pack of straws in my kitchen, and amazingly, they were a perfect fit.

And that’s the new use I found for my grater: a decorative straw holder. It’s not only a colorful artwork to decorate your dining table, but also enables you to pull a straw without touching the others!

Is this really useful? We don’t care! This game is all about letting our imagination take the lead. It doesn’t have to be rational. It doesn’t have to be really useful. But hey, I might just try this at an upcoming birthday party 🙂

Now, It Is Your Turn…

Don’t follow my steps! Take the set of cards and play with them. Use them as a guide and not as a set of rules. Let your imagination lead the way. Don’t dismiss your ideas.

Have fun! Be creative!

 

 

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