“Stardines: Swim High Across The Sky And Other Poems”
PoetJack Prelutsky combines his love of words and his creativity to produce a new collection of never before seen specimens. Come meet the Bluffaloes, the Swapitis, the Fountain Lions, the Slobsters and twelve other new creatures.
This book promotes creativity, combination, originality, and imagination.
TITLE: Stardines: Swim High Across The Sky And Other Poems
AUTHOR: Jack Prelutsky
ILLUSTRATOR: Carin Berger
PUBLISHER: Greenwillow Books, 2012
AGE GROUP: 6-9
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, combination, originality, imagination
1) Open a dictionary to a random page. Close your eyes and place your finger somewhere on the page. Write down the word and its definition closest to your finger. Repeat this process. Re-read the definitions of your two words. What images come to mind? How might you pair these together? Invent a new species from combining your two words. Give your species a name. Write a poem describing your creature.
2) Create a class book of these new species. OR Have students develop their species into 3D specimens that can be displayed as a classroom exhibit.
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Creative Thinking Prompt: Cookie Puzzles
Creative Thinking Prompt: Design your own puzzle using cookie dough.
Here are two cookie recipes.
Creative Thinking Prompt: Build a Franken Dessert
Named for the monster Frankenstein and all the parts that comprise him, Franken desserts are a combination of different desserts mashed together to create a new dessert.
These mash-ups take two tasty treats and combine their delicious powers into a super dessert!
Brookies combine cookies and brownies. Brookies are made from one part batter and one part dough. Bakers pour the batter and place dough side by side for a cool half-moon look or pour the batter right on top of the cookies.
Freakshakes are mashed monstrous desserts, combining a shake and a sundae. Originally created by Australian restaurant Pâtissez, they are served in a giant mug and topped with a variety of ridiculous toppings.
Creative Thinking Prompt: Create a Franken dessert. Use two dessert flavors that would pair well together. Here are some ideas: Cake within a cake. Cookie within a cake. Pudding within a cookie. Chips within the pudding.
Source: Everyday Food, October 2009
Chocolate Caramel Doughnut Holes
These quickly fried, cakey confections boast a molten center of liquid caramel. The filling is made by stuffing the dough with store-bought candies. For the recipe, visit: https://www.marthastewart.com/343521/chocolate-caramel-doughnut-holes
Think Deeper: Can you combine 5 desserts into one dessert? What would you name this colossal dessert?