THE BRAIN RUMMAGER

 

Brian Barratt's English language website for creative kids, gifted and talented students & all people with enquiring minds!

A HUGE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE, CREATIVITY, WRITING, THINKING & GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

DETAILED MENU

 

FRACTAL THINKING

    Journey to Infinity An amazing section to get you thinking very creatively

FOUR INTRODUCTORY ACTIVITIES

    The teeth in my bottom are false Fun activities with words about teeth

    A dramatic pea Fun activity with with letters missing from words

    The ET Hamburger A mysterious photo. Can it be...?

    Jumble Sixes Word guessing game

WORD QUIZZES AND PUZZLES

    Body Words

    WordPower: Three more word quizzes

    Multiwords

    Five quizzes about the origins and meanings of words:

    Tricky Word Origins

    Odd word out

    More odd word out 

    What does it mean?

    More What does it mean?

    More Quizzes Three of a kind: Clothing, food, words with 'elp', oddments

    Six more puzzles Misfits, Odd One Out, Middle Meddles

PLAYING WITH ANAGRAMS

    76 anagram puzzles An introduction to Anagrams

    Anagrams 1

    Anagrams 2

    Anagrams 3

    Anagrams 4

    BraInbender 1: Sequential anagrams

    Brainbender 7: Sequential anagrams

PICK A WORD THAT ISN'T A REAL WORD

    Unreal Words:

    Unreal Words Group 1

    Unreal Words Group 2

    Unreal Words Group 3

SEVEN  BRAINBENDER WORD PUZZLES

    Seven Brainbenders Menu for the next 7 items

    Brianbender 1: 1 to 5 makes 8 (anagram puzzle)

    Brainbender 2: Pieces of 4

    Brainbender 3: A + B = C

    Brainbender 4: Words from the letters of 'TRADITIONAL'

    Brainbender 5: 4 Bull's eyes

    Brainbender 6: Words from the letters of 'REALISATION'

    Brainbender 7 7–3 Take-aways (anagram puzzle)

CROSSWORD PUZZLES

    Brainbender 6: 3  crossword puzzles based on 'REALISATION'

TWO LARGE WORD PUZZLES

    The Great Big Enormous Word Feast Find 50 words from 9 letters

    The Great Big Enormous Word Feast Another Find 50 words from 9 letters

FOUR WORD PUZZLES FOR RUMMAGERS

    All sorts of puzzles for rummagers Menu for the next 4 items

    All sorts 1: Books

    All sorts 2: Castles and knights

    All sorts 3: Mythical creatures

    All sorts 4: Things

WRITING WITH A REVERSE ACRONYM

    Name your Nonsense Write a story where all the words start with the letters of a name.

CREATIVE SEEING — INTERPRET AND EXPLAIN

    The ET Hamburger Jet plans pursue a huge flying...?

    What on Earth is this Thing? Describe in words this very weird visitor

    Another Thing A strange creature, a long time ago.

    Two mystery photos Ordinary everyday, but very close up, what?

    Four peculiar pictures Menu for the next four very strange drawings

    Peculiar picture 1 The overhang

    Peculiar Picture 2 Auntie Griselda

    Peculiar Picture 3 Close encounter of a mouse kind

    Peculiar Picture 4 Which way in, which way out? Optical illusion.

    Exercise your creative mind Photos for creative writing, from Facts about Fiction 8

PATTERNS FROM THE MANDELBROT FRACTAL TO INSPIRE CREATIVE THINKING

    The amazing Mandelbrot fractal Introduction and explanation

    Mandelbrot pattern 1

    Mandelbrot pattern 2

    Mandelbrot pattern 3

    Mandelbrot pattern 4

    Mandelbrot pattern 5

    Mandelbrot pattern 6

    Mandelbrot pattern 7

    Mandelbrot pattern 8

    Mandelbrot pattern 9

    See also Journey to Infinity: Fractal thinking here

A MINI-COURSE IN CREATIVE WRITING

    Facts about fiction

    1: The title

    2: Attention please!

    3: Making it interestng

    4: Different ways of writing

    5: Clear and consistent expression

    6: Where do stories come from?

    7: Happily ever after?

    8: Exercise your creative mind

BE AN EDITOR

Check this passage!

    Be an editor

MORE ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING

    Lines of thought How different people think about the same thing

    A cat is a table Logic and generalisation

    Free flowing streams Stream of consciousness and association of ideas

    Pictures and word flow Using your imagination with a photograph

    Skeleton stories  Building a story from basic simple ideas

    Words, thesauruses and logic Finding the most appropriate word in a thesaurus.

    Words, feelings and expression Making it more interesting...

    Purple prose  ...But don't overdo the use of adjectives and adverbs!

    Listen to the silence Write about the people you can't see in this painting

MORE ADVANCED GUIDANCE AND REFERENCE PAGES

    Is English an Asian language?

    How words were added to English

    Spoonerisms

    How to use your dictionary

    Where do I put the apostrophe?

    Plurals of ending with o

    150 Words with Multiple Meanings (Homonyms)

    120 Pairs of words that sound the same (Homophones)

    100 foreign words in English explained

    All about animals

    A quick guide to some elements of writing style 

   How to spell words containing ie or ei 

    Plural of foreign words in English

    Figures of speech Metaphor, simile, allegory, idiom

    Rules for writer's  Can you spot these common mistakes in writing?

    -ologies to feed your brain 100 words ending in -ology

    About some -nyms Acronyms, eponyms and homonyms. Explanation and examples.

    Unusual pairs Words containing aa  ii  hh  kk  uu  vv  ww  

THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD...AND CREATIVE THINKING

    The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World Introduction

    The Pharos of Alexandria

    The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

    The Great Pyramid of Cheops

    The Statue of Zeus at Olympia

TEAM THINKING — THREE  PROBLEMS WITH CHALLENGES

    Team Thinking, Introduction

    Team Thinking: The Wicked Ways of Wandering Wheelie Bins

    Team Thinking: Keep out of reach of children!

    Team Thinking: Selling books in Bytomania

WORDS IN HISTORY, HISTORY IN WORDS

    Only one rhinoceros: Will's wide word web William Shakespeare's amazing vocabulary. With questions.

    Why does s look like f in old books? That funny old letter that confuses modern readers

    The First Folio of Shakespeare  What the first official edition looked like

    Potions and spells Extracts from a book published in 1660

    How to make oyntments Pictures of an actual handwritten recipe about 350 years old

    Words for food and drink Fascinating facts, and a list of food words over the last 1,100 years

    Stories behind 20 food words A bit of etymology

DRAGONS AND OTHER UNPEOPLE

    Here be dragons  Quotations from Beowulf, Layamon's Brüt, The Saxon Chronicle, The Bible, The Bestiary

    Words of the Unpeople A comprehensive list of 150 words for the beings beyond the dark

    Beware of these horrors All about five of the beings who dwell beyond the dark!

WORDS FROM THE ANCIENT PAST & ECHOES OF THE ANCIENT GODS

    Words about time

    Days of the week

    Months of the year

PROVERBS AND SAYINGS

    100 Sayings Everyday sayings and where they come from

A BIT OF NONSENSE

    Alas, poor Charlotte Some rather silly verses, just for fun

FOR TEACHERS — REPRINTS OF SOME PUBLISHED PAPERS

    The gift of mentoring

    Subjective objectivity

    Investigating sensitivities

 

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  Last edited on 08-Apr-2015