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Meet the Peanut Exercise

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Participants begin stretching their thinking about an everyday thing.
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Goal

This is used as preparation for a creativity exercise.

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Materials

  • handful of peanuts in shells or picture of a peanut on slide or workbook

Instructions

During

Introduction

Millions of people enjoy roasted peanuts. It is fun to crack open the shells and eat the tasty nuts. But have you ever looked very closely at the peanut?

Steps

1. Examine the picture below, or better yet, get a handful of roasted peanuts in the shell. Study the peanut carefully. Try to make as many observations as you can in the next 5 minutes.

2. Give the group 5 minutes to do this initial brainstorm.

3. Have you really stretched? What have you really observed about the peanut? Several high school students we have known have made 50 or more observations-on just the outside of the peanut!
3. What kind of information can you get from?
-- touching the peanut?
-- Texture
-- Shape
-- Sharp/dull
-- Temperature, etc.
-- smelling?
-- listening?
-- watching?

4. Look back at other kinds of information. What other means can you use to gather data about the peanut?

5. What other kinds of information will those means help you obtain?

6. List even MORE observations:

7. Give the group another 5 minutes to complete this brainstorm.


Conclusion

1. Reflect about this exercise ?

a. How did it feel to do the first part, the second?

b. What in the exercise stretches us?

c. What does this tell us about brainstorming?

After

Follow-Up Required: Usually this is followed by a creativity session on the topic of the workshop.


Background

Source: Maureen Jenkins

History of Development: This was prepared for Game Changer of Shell International Exploration and Preparation.

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  • This also sharpens perception, as it focuses on observation rather than reactions or interpretations.

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