Odyssey of the Mind -- Practice Problems

The following problems are for practice only. To view the synopses of the official 2016 - 2017 Odyssey of the Mind problems, click here!


Long-Term Problems

These problems can't be solved in 10 minutes, or even 10 days! They are fun activities to be worked on in sessions spanning a month or longer. Thinking of a solution might be easy, but creating a solution that satisfies your expectations takes time. The problems are best solved in groups. You can have two or more groups work on the same problem to see how different the solutions can be! For more problems that will stretch your mind, see Creative Competitions books.
Past Long Term Problems and World Finals Host

Practice Long Term Problems

Spontaneous Problems

These brain testers are really brain builders! They can be used in 10- to 30-minute sessions. Some spontaneous problems build verbal skills, some build mechanical skills, and some build both, but all will improve your creative problem-solving talents. Get a group of friends together and compete, or solve them without keeping score.
Spontaneous problem summaries

Learning Activities

These activities show how creativity can make learning fun! Parents and teachers will find helpful hints to help make school work more exciting. These activities help develop creativity and show why we need to know certain subjects -- like science!
Activity summaries

Online Games