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Creative Brainstorm – Free Training Game

Duration: 15 - 20 minutes

Intended for:

We live in a fast paced world where we often have to think on our feet to make decisions quickly. This free training game puts participants under pressure to think quickly and creatively. They are often surprised by just how much they can come up with in a very short space of time.

Training course contents:

You can download the instructions to help you run the training game in Word format from the link at the bottom of this page. Or, follow the instructions below.

Resources Needed:

  • Flipchart stand and flip chart for each group
  • Flipchart marker pen for each group
  • Stopwatch for the trainer Instructions


Split participants in to groups of 3. 

Explain that this exercise is to get their creative thinking hats working.

Explain that participants will work in groups to brainstorm possible solutions to problems you will set them.There are 3 problems in all, and for each one the groups will have a set amount of time.

Check that everyone is ready to start. 


Problem 1
It is 3 am in the morning, you are the other side of town from where you live, you have lost your car keys, have no money, and the battery has gone on your mobile phone. Spend the next 2 ½ minutes writing down as many ways that you can think of to find shelter until daytime.

Circle your best solution.

Problem 2
You have woken up before your partner, only to remember that it is their birthday, you haven’t bought them anything, not even a card. What do you do?

List your ideas on the flipchart in 2 minutes.

Circle your best answer


Problem 3
You have £500 to spend in 1 hour, how are you going to spend it? List your ideas during the next 1 ½ minutes

Circle your best answer

Using the 3 best answers that you came up with, construct a humorous sentence.

Groups to reveal their answers in turn.


Discussion points – how did you feel about being timed whilst carrying out the brainstorming?

Were you surprised at the number of solutions that you came up with during the exercise?


To encourage participants to think creatively when under time pressure.

Creative Brainstorm – Free Training Game


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