Toolkit: Mental Aerobics

Mental Aerobics is a series of short exercises designed to stretch the mind and prepare students for creative thinking.

The exercises in this Toolkit support elements from the dimensions of learning, the thinking skills framework and graphic organisers. The dimensions of learning (curriculum intent, sequencing of teaching and learning, making judgement, assessment and feedback) provide a framework for the activities. The thinking skills framework and the use of graphic organisers provide ready tools for students’ engagement with problem- solving and encourage higher order thinking (including creative thinking).


Helen Strube (Calamvale Community College)
Diana Brisco (The Gap State High School)
Dr Gayle Kerr (Queensland University of Technology)

expected duration

10 mins x 4 (each activity will take approximately 10 mins to complete).


Calamvale Community College

The Gap State High School

QUT – School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations



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