Adapted from the Queensland Association for Gifted and Talented, Inc.
- Play Scrabble using only words around a theme. Examples: farm, holidays, weather. Children must give a rationale for words used.
- Pick a household item and invent 10 new uses for it apart from the obvious. Or design the perfect broom, vacuum cleaner, oven, etc.
- Listen to music from another country. Plan a family meal using only recipes from that country and then invent your own dish using products similar to the national recipes.
- Plan a trip and mention problems that could arise. Let your children solve the problem with highway maps, newspapers, phone books, etc.
- Write letters to manufacturers praising or expressing concerns about their products. Make suggestions for improvement or for marketing to specific groups. Create a catchy jingle that the company could use to advertise this product. Discuss television commercials, looking for obvious or hidden messages.
- Invite an elderly member of the family to discuss life fifty years ago. Design a family crest depicting family history and symbols of the family’s values. Prepare a motto to accompany the crest.
- Investigate various forms of communication in your home—body language, facial expressions, animal communication, etc. Design your own code of communication.
- Discuss a favorite television show and plan two plots and sub-plots for the characters. Discuss the plausibility of the present plots and relate them to your own personal experiences.
- Learn about calendars to which other cultures adhere (Chinese, Hebrew). Create a new month with a new holiday. What would happen if all months had 30 days and the extra days were between months? What would happen if we had five 6-day weeks per month?
- Stargaze and investigate astronomy. Read about the myths associated with constellations. Create your own myth about a constellation.
- Scour the newspapers for local problems and plan logical solutions. Write letters to the editor.
- Keep a diary of family or personal events and make each entry in a different form, such as a poem, an illustration, a song, etc.
- Devise a weather station for recording conditions and predictions. Plan novel ways of conserving water and energy based on your findings.
- Investigate different number systems. Devise a new number system and plan equations in your system.
- Learn about perennial and annual plants, and plan a timetable for planting.
- Explore chemical components of household items and food. While cooking, discuss chemical changes in food. Plan simple chemical experiments from household items.
- Solve crossword puzzles and create your own. Have another family member solve it.
- Plan a garage sale together. Look through the classifieds in newspapers, and price the items realistically. Make lists of ways to spend the money from the garage sale. Each person must defend his/her choices.
- Read current world news items. Analyze the articles for solutions, and discuss how the possible solutions could filter down to affect your lives. How would the solutions affect the lives of others in different parts of the world?
- Design the perfect fictitious household pet, combining characteristics of several animals.
- Plan a design for a room in the house that would take into consideration the hobbies, interests, and needs of family members.
- Watch a new sport. Create a new sport with logical rules, equipment, and uniforms. Try to play your invented sport.