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A quick and fun creative exercise that challenges students’ imaginations.

The objective is to increase the creativity of students. It challenges the students’ entrepreneurial abilities. It’s a quick exercise that many people also find fun. It can be used for all age groups.

See the attached PowerPoint presentation: Rrandomdictionairy.pptx.

Pair students into groups of two. Let them pick two numbers from the first slide. Then explain that on the next slide, each number will be assigned a word of its own. In other words, they will get two words from their two numbers. Using these words, the students then must come up with a business idea. Only their imagination limits what the business idea can be. Make them work against the clock – perhaps just give them two minutes to think of an idea. If you want to challenge them a bit more, you can give them a bit more time to develop and form a company based on that business idea, but even then it is good to limit the amount of available time so that the students must work together. Examples of questions they can work on include: Who will be the managing director? Who will handle the finances? What will the product cost? How will it be marketed?

The exercise can be used to kick off lessons in entrepreneurship. If you start working as an entrepreneur. Or as an independent workshop.

How this resource relates to Shaping Characters objectives

  • Attitudes and attributes
  • Innovative approach
  • Motivation and resilience

Resources required

One person providing the instructions.
Computer and projector.
Paper and pens for the students.

Time needed

One person providing the instructions.
Computer and projector.
Paper and pens for the students.

What could have been done differently or is planned for future repeats?

You can adapt the words to suit the target group or you can work with a particular theme. In other words, you can easily swap the words to make it easier/harder/more fun, etc.

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