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brainstormUse the newspaper to start some creative thinking. Here’s a game to get you started. Then brainstorm and remember—no idea is too wild!

Mix and Match

Have your students look through the newspaper for pictures of gadgets (camera, watch, flashlight, calculator, etc). Cut out these pictures. Then have them search and cut out pictures of things to wear (belt, sunglasses, hats, shoes, etc.) Have them study the pictures and think of different ways to mix and match gadgets with clothing. Let them combine a gadget and an item of clothing to create a cool new invention.


Using the gadget and clothing combination, let your students design a product and draw a picture of it. Labels should identify the parts and how it works.


Using words and images from the newspaper as reference have each student create an ad for their invention.

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