Look at the image above. Do you feel a shift in your perception happening right now? Does the playful nature of Tee Time inspire or motivate you to be creative? Do the bright colors and happy golf tees drinking tea uplift or make you feel playful? Remember this life-enhancing lesson: Words and images have power. Some will evoke expansiveness, making you open to experience; some will do the opposite. Choose wisely and use this new awareness to your advantage!
Word Play & Warm-Ups by Chris Dunmire
Posted 9/1/20 | Updated 8/8/21
Welcome to the green, your blank canvas to engage in creative thinking and play!
The printable activities in Tee Time: Swing Into Creative Play are designed to move you into creative mode through word play and other warm-ups that engage your brain through humor, artistic expression, free thinking, idea generation, and problem solving.
Suggested use: Play with the activities in this book on your own, partnered up, or in groups.
|Engaging Your Brain||Motivation|
|Draw a Golf Tee||Art Lesson|
|Rename the Game||Conceptualizing New Ideas|
|Divoty Dimples||Word Play|
|18 Uses for Golf Tees||Product Innovation|
|Tee Time Word Search Puzzle||Character Building|
|A Hole in One!||Assets and Liabilities|
|What's the Difference?||Focused Study|
|Sand Traps!||Strategy Planning|
|Draw a Tea Cup||Art lesson|
|Brewing CreativiTea||Humor ADventures|
|Do Me a Flavor||Brainstorming / Idea Generation|
|Tea Time Word Search Puzzle||Circling Back Around|
|Tee Time Coloring Page||Meditation|
|CreativiTea Paper Craft Project | CreativiTea Packets||Idea Concept to Creation|
|Answer Key||Finding Solutions|
What impact do creativity warm-ups — word play, drawing, coloring, and puzzles — have on your brain and well-being? Consider what research shows:
"Creativity in and of itself is important for remaining healthy, remaining connected to yourself and connected to the world." —Christianne Strang, Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Alabama Birmingham and the Former President of the American Art Therapy Association
"Coloring goes beyond being a fun activity for relaxation. It requires the two hemispheres of the brain to communicate. While logic helps us stay inside the lines, choosing colors generates a creative thought process." —Beaumont Health, Michigan, USA
"There is little doubt in my mind that puzzles are beneficial [...] I saw this with my own eyes within my own family." —Marcel Danesi, Professor of Semiotics and Anthropology at Victoria College, University of Toronto
"Coloring has the ability to relax the fear center of your brain, the amygdala. It induces the same state as meditating by reducing the thoughts of a restless mind. This generates mindfulness and quietness, which allows your mind to get some rest after a long day at work." —Beaumont Health
"Anything that engages your creative mind — the ability to make connections between unrelated things and imagine new ways to communicate — is good for you." —Girija Kaimal, Professor at Drexel University