[Part 2 of 2] Six Thinking Hats - applied to my 5 year old son's shopping list

If you haven't read the Part 1 of this post - please visit the short summary [Part 1 of 2] Six Thinking Hats - my new summary of classic lateral thinking. This will help you gain proper context of the following article

After going through the key concepts in the book [Six Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono], again (thanks to an agile asynchronous book brigade) - the following picture was produced. This helps us illustrate how a simple practice can be kept simple and applied to a very basic idea and still generates tremendous output.

The picture in the middle shows a basic list that my five year old son wrote as his first shopping list. As you can notice - he is learning how to write and is using all his knowledge of phonics and alphabets to the best of his currently evolving abilities in writing.
Many lessons can be extracted from the list and I have used it for a basic practice of applying the newly acquired yet classic technique of lateral thinking.

In case the above process, mind-map, case study is not readable the following text will help.


Spend ‘2’ minutes on each hat.
We have to use all the hats at least once.
Follow the sequence of hats shown with the arrows

L The spellings are all wrong.
List is useless.
Hard to understand.
We will struggle with getting the right stuff.
We have to spend a lot of time in trying to comprehend it.

12 Items in the list.
1 item has correct spellings.
The data is not numbered.
Written with a drying purple marker.
Handwriting of a young child.

The items in the list are understandable with little effort.
Some spellings are right.
It was a good try to a young leaner.
Young person’s writing it quite good according to the age.
Spellings are phonics based and are fun to understand

Writing is very bad
11 out of 12 spellings are wrong
List is not in a sequence
Products are not listed according to the category groupings.
It will take extra time to try and comprehend the list.

New and fun naming of existing household products.
Phonics based experimentation of existing product names can be a good learning game for the kids.
Good engaging activity

Your suggestions and comments are most welcome.

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