SCAMPER: Scaffolding Creativity

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Students will practice the tool of SCAMPER using a topic of their (or your) choosing before applying it to content.

SCAMPER, a creation of Bob Eberle, is detailed in the book Thinkertoys. It is an acronym for creative verbs:

  • S: substitute
  • C: combine
  • A: adapt
  • M: modify, maximize, or minimize
  • P: put to other uses
  • E: eliminate
  • R: rearrange


  1. We begin with practicing Substitute and Combine.
  2. Then students will try Apply, Max/Minimize, and Put To Other Uses.
  3. Finally, they use Eliminate and Rearrange.


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