if you google “100 things”, you’ll come up with a few different things. mostly challenges (get rid of 100 things, only keep 100 things, etc). i ran across a fun website that was dedicated to art and doodling and creativity, and one of the things i found on this website was a list of 100 ideas. they were ways to spark creativity and imagination. i quickly started work on my own 100 things list of ways to be creative, in hopes to one day hang it up in my house where my girls can look at it and be inspired on those rare (read:daily) occasions they come to me, dragging their arms behind them declaring “i’m bored!” i borrowed a couple ideas from this website, then made somewhat more age-appropriate ones for my own list.
i hope this inspires you today, no matter what your age! creativity should be shameless and ageless 🙂
1. go for a walk. draw or list the things you find 2. write a letter to your future self 3. find a piece of poetry you like. rewrite it 4. find a photo of a person you do not know. write a short story about them 5. spend the day drawing only red things 6. draw your favorite tree 7. write a haiku 8. hang upside down 9. make a puppet 10. read a book in one day 11. illustrate a grocery list 12. write a letter to someone you admire 13. fill an entire page in your journal with small circles. color them in 14. make a mini book 15. create a character based on someone you know 16. recall your favorite childhood game 17 put postcards on the inside of your cabinet doors 18. draw the same object every day for a week 19. cut out all media for one day. write about the effects 20. list your ten most important things (not people or animals) 21. list ten things you would like to do every day 22. write a list of ten things “to-do” and do the last thing on the list 23. create an image using dots 24. draw the sun 25. create instructions for a simple, every day task 26. find a photo. alter it by drawing over it 27. write about or draw some of the doors in your life 28. make a postcard 29. list ten of your habits 30. give away something you love 31. organize your closet (by season, type of clothing, color, etc) 32. put on the fanciest clothes you own. take pictures 33. describe yourself in ten words 34. do a crossword puzzle with the opposite hand. in pen 35. make a word-search 36. write out your favorite song lyrics. frame them and hang them up 37. write a passage of Scripture 38. light a candle 39. have a candle-lit lunch 40. watch a black and white movie 41. make a journal for someone 42. drink only water for an entire day 43. design a house you would like to live in one day 44. don’t buy anything except necessities for one week 45. make a list of what you would have bought, including price 46. give that money away 47. have a picnic 48. create a restaurant menu 49. practice writing the alphabet with the opposite hand 50. find an old piece of furniture you can paint 51. create a crossword puzzle 52. bake cookies 53. paint a picture of your favorite bird 54. make a diorama 55. memorize a verse from the Bible 56. practice talking with an accent 57. design a clock 58. pretend you are a fashion designer and create a line of clothing 59. draw the moon 60. put black construction paper over the end of a paper towel tube and poke holes in the end to make a constellation 61. make shadow art 62. try a new recipe 63. make a list of every person you know 64. imagine what you want to be when you grow up 65. research your favorite animal 66. go to the library 67. recreate a famous pice of art 68. put bird seed out in your yard 69. name all the birds that come 70. make up stories about the birds 71. feed the ducks by the lake 72. paint a picture outside 73. dye hardboiled eggs 74. learn how to sew a button 75. imagine what it would be like to live in another part of the world 76. what about another time period? 77. imagine what you will ask God when you get to heaven 78. write down your prayers in a journal 79. write down God’s answers to those prayers 80. learn about the stars in your sky 81. if you were shipwrecked, what would you do? 82. plant a garden 83. bake a cake 84. be a vegetarian for a day 85. practice another language 86. plan a wedding 87. have a tea party 88. make a card for someone you love 89. make a card for someone you don’t love 90. bake cookies for your neighbors 91. have your neighbors over for dinner 92. give away seven items of clothing 93. make something new out of something used 94. make your own toothpaste 95. imagine that you lived upside down 96. create your own language 97. don’t eat any sugar for a day 98. make recycled paper 99. talk to someone you’ve never met 100. pray for the world