Creative Thinking Prompt: DIY Book Covers

Creative Thinking Prompt: DIY Book Covers

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To make these cool book covers, visit Suzy Myer’s blog at http://suzyssitcom.com/2015/08/more-book-cover-patterns-for-school.html

Creative Thinking Prompt: Design and create book covers that represent you or the subject matter of the book in an abstract manner.

  1. Brainstorm a list of materials that can be used to cover a book. Here are some ideas to get your list started: legos, puzzle pieces
  2.  Make a list of different things, colors, animals, etc. that you feel a connection to.
  3. From this list, sketch out different designs on paper before deciding on one.
  4. Once you’ve decided on a design, experiment with different materials from your list to build your design.
  5. Create!

The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABCs (the Hard Way)

“The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABCs (the Hard Way)

Not your typical ABC book, as  the Little Red Cat of The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABCs (the Hard Way) learns his ABCs in this wordless adventure story.

As Little Red Cat steps outside his front door, he is chased by Alligator, Bear, Chicken and Dragon.

(What action is the letter E? The egg.)

Pursued through a kingdom and over mountains, he becomes lost and has to find his way home.

 

In the back of this book, a word list depicts the words that accompany each letter. Illustrations provoke humor and emotion all while “teaching” the ABCs without one word.

This book promotes imagination, humor, and originality.

TITLE: The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABCs (the Hard Way)

AUTHOR: Patrick McDonnell

ILLUSTRATOR: Patrick McDonnell

PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company, 2017

AGE GROUP: 4-7

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, humor, originality

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Invent your own wordless ABC adventure.

2) Pick two consecutive letters of the alphabet. Create a two page spread showing your characters doing an action using the two letters to direct the action like Patrick McDonnell did with letters F (fire) and G (glasses).

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Patrick McDonnell, visit:

http://www.mutts.com/about-patrick#

Creative Thinking Prompt: Design A Frozen City or Ice Sculpture

Creative Thinking Prompt: Design A Frozen City or Ice Sculpture

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For the past 33 years, Harbin, the capital of China’s Heilongjiang province, hosts the annual Harbin International Ice Snow Sculpture Festival, now the largest ice and snow festival in the world. With subzero temperatures, exhibits of ice sculptures created mostly from ice blocks cut from the Songhua River are displayed across multiple locations. One 2018 exhibit stood almost as tall as Paris’ L’Arc de Triomphe. Multi-colored lights give color to ice while deionized water is used to give ice perfect clarity.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Design a Frozen City or Sculpture

  1. Think about ways on how to make ice cubes stick together.
  2. Design your city layout or your sculpture.
  3. Gather Materials:
  • Ice cubes (different sizes and shapes)
  • Food coloring – to create different colored ice cubes
  • Jello – use gelatin to create different colored cubes instead of food coloring and/or use jello as building material
  • Water
  • Cookie sheet to build your city or sculpture upon
  • Multi-colored lights to light up your work
  • Any other materials that will make your creation unique

*Note: When ice begins to melt, you may need to refreeze. Once solid again, begin working on your creation. 

Think Deeper:  Experiment with crushed fruit ice cubes to make an edible ice sculpture.

For a how-to on making colored ice cubes, visit: https://www.wikihow.com/Make-Colored-Ice