time required: 3+ minutes
materials: paper, pen or pencil
Make three dots on a piece of paper and connect them without picking up your pen or pencil. Repeat multiple times on separate sheets of paper. Notice how you make changes each time and push against your natural inclinations, thinking outside of the box. Compare your first and last drawings. This exercise is meditative, low pressure and great for any age. Mistakes aren't possible here, and you can repeat and experiment with different shapes and ways to connect the dots.
promotes divergent thinking and open-mindedness
helps overcome functional fixedness (the cognitive bias that negatively affects a person's ability to problem-solve and innovate)
hones problem-solving skills
stimulates neuroplasticity in the brain