Crazy eights

Students are challenged to sketch 8 ideas in 8 minutes.
  • Small groups (3-10)
  • 5-10 minutes
  • 10-30 minutes
  • Activating prior knowledge
  • Creative Thinking
  • Apply
  • Create

When to use it?

  • When you are at the beginning stages of ideation.
  • When you want to encourage divergent thinking.
  • When you want students to generate a lot of ideas.
  • When you have a limited amount of time.

Activity instructions


  • Choose a topic or problem that the students need to generate ideas for.
  • Collect A4 paper to give to your students.

Activity steps

  1. Hand out the A4 paper
    Give each student an A4 paper and let them fold the paper into eight different sections.
  2. It's not about perfection
    Remind the students that the sketches don't need to be perfect. The purpose is to generate a lot of ideas.
  3. Set a timer
    Set a timer for eight minutes. Every minute, you need to remind them to start working on a new sketch.
  4. Present
    Each student presents their top three ideas to the rest of the group.
  5. Vote
    Let everyone vote on the winning idea(s).

Tips for implementation & variation

  • Online teaching: Students can take a picture of their A4 paper and put in in the chat or you can let them use the built-in whiteboard of the video lecture tool.
  • This teaching activity can be combined with the teaching activity Voting.

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