RAS Fishing ElephantI’ll answer in a minute.

Putting things together that don’t usually go together is an excellent way to stimulate creativity in children (and adults).  It’s called Synectics.

The word Synectics comes from the Greek and refers to joining together different and apparently irrelevant elements. Synectics are used in business and the classroom as a style of brainstorming, and it’s something fun and productive to do at home as well.

Here are a few simple examples to do at home:

Okay, back to the question I started with:  What do you get when you cross an elephant and a fish?  Swimming Trunks.

I know you can do better.  Give us some jokes.  Or some other synectics ideas.

Mark Rothschild