Last time I wrote a blog post on “10 More Ways to Be Creative like a Kid.” I was having lunch that day with reader Stacy Harmon and was trying to convince her to write an answer post on being creative like a kid. It wasn’t enough to get Stacy to write anything yet, but the post was picked up by an email newsletter and resulted in the biggest day ever on the Brainzooming blog. I’m having lunch with Stacy again today (whose son Cooper suggested the creativity idea, “Glitter makes everything cool”), so the time seemed right for an updated Summer Vacation Edition of “10 More Ways to Be Creative like a Kid!”

  • Sleep in really, really late. Get up and eat. Go back to sleep. Get up and create.
  • Hit the swimming pool, forget all your cares, splash around like it’s the last day of summer vacation. Go back to work tomorrow – only if you must though.
  • Throw a pizza party lunch this summer and invite interesting people from different departments you’d like to meet.
  • When you want to surprise someone with your creativity, tiptoe up behind them and startle them with your amazing creativity.
  • Take somebody outside and dare the person to do something creative in the next 10 minutes.
  • Ride roller coasters at an amusement park or fair. Scream your head off. When you get off the ride, put all the mental cobwebs you shook loose into the nearest trash can.
  • If somebody at work says they’re not creative, put them into time-out until they admit how creative they are.
  • Have a meeting in a break room and make s’mores for everybody in the mircowave (9 seconds cooking time according to my wife, Cyndi).
  • Write old worn out ideas on a cardboard box. Blow up the box with firecrackers. Video the explosion and show the video at work to people who love old ideas.
  • Celebrate and cheer wildly when something goes well.

Before the summer vacation season gets away, what things are you doing to be creative like a kid? An in honor of Jim Joseph’s comment below about eating ice cream with sprinkles, here’s a little ice cream treat thrown in (start it at 1:03…trust me)! Mike Brown



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9 Responses to “10 More Ways to Be Creative like a Kid – Summer Vacation Edition”

  1. Jim says:

    I’ve been eating ice cream with sprinkles for dinner a lot lately … makes me feel so “fresh”.  Seriously.  Try it for a week!  Love all the focus on creativity … it’s the stuff of which we are made.  Jim

    • Anonymous says:

      So Jim, is that Ice cream with dinner or is that all you’re having for dinner? It does sound like fun. We’ve been buying single servings of “birthday cake” ice cream that has sprinkles and chunks of cake. Now that’s fun! Only thing is I’m not sure my creativity is expanding as fast as my waist line.

  2. Stacy Harmon says:

    Well, as you can imagine, I was so excited knowing there was another kids & creativity post coming out toay, I had to get up early just to check it out. I crept quietly down the stairs and turned my computer on without anyone even knowing I was up yet. As promised, there was a shiny new Summer Vacation edition just waiting for me! Fun, Creative and totally just my size! I don’t know about you, but I just found the best possible use for my left-over 4th of July Black Cats!!

    So yes, I’ve officially been called out to finally write down all of the ideas that have been drifting around in my head since my first meeting with Mike! It’s ok, I like a dare and I’m totally glad it wasn’t the double dog kind!! Good thing for me, I’m having that pizza party today.

    What will I write? Could there be more creative ideas out there just waiting to race through my mind?  Well, I don’t want to spoil it, but you should know…. There IS a red Ferrari in my purse…

  3. Alex says:

    Great advice. I am now going to go see if I have any leftover firecrackers for a manuscript I’m stuck on.

  4. Mike Brown says:

    Cloud-watching. RT @Brainzooming: 10 More Ways to Be Creative like a Kid – Summer Vacation Edition ow.ly/bWmH1#creativity— Claire Faucett (@clairefaucett) July 1, 2012


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