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PMI: Plus, minus, interesting

In these activities, children will be asked to think about and explain their reasoning behind the positive, minuses (negative aspects) and interesting points to a specific scenario, for example: a house made out of jelly. As with the Odd One Out, there is no right or wrong answer.

This method encourages children to look at both sides to a situation. It also always gives them the freedom to be creative and think of some out of the box suggestions. This approach was developed by Dr. Edward de Bono, a proponent of lateral and critical thinking.

What would it be like to live in a world without friction? What would some positive things be to this? What would the negative things be? What might be quite interesting about this?

Be creative

Try this activity and answer the questions in the discussion below.

Can you think of other scenarios that would work well as a PMI?

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