Get Creative, Kids

Odyssey of the Mind encourages kids to practice teamwork and learn problem-solving skills

Over the course of our visits to the Gallaghers earlier this year, I noticed a gigantic toothbrush gradually taking shape in their living room. Finally, I just had to ask what was going on. It turned out that their son John, a seventh-grader, was putting together a skit with a group of other kids. Their short play was loosely based on Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, except that it was set inside a gigantic mouth, and the main characters were teeth. The theme involved not a tumultuous relationship but the invention of the electric toothbrush. Yet part of the dialogue was...

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