Category Archives: Creative Thinking Prompts

Creative Thinking Prompt: What’s That Smell?

Creative Thinking Prompt: What’s That Smell?

Brainstorm different types of smells. From your list, choose 20.

With an adult, walk around your neighborhood or town sniffing.

Give yourself a point for each smell you find on your list.

Think Deeper: Create a symphony of smells. Pretend you are a songwriter. How would you use smells to create a song?

Creative Thinking Prompt: Snow Words

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create Your Own Snow Words

Many countries have different words for different types of snow. To date the Sami culture  of Finland, Norway, Sweden and Russia, are known to have 180 words to describe snow while the Scottish have over 413 words for snow.

http://www.k-international.com/blog/which-language-has-the-most-words-for-snow/

Skelf – snowflake (Scotland)

Snjór/Snær: Snow (Icelandic)

Ciegar: Snowfield which has been trampled and dug up by reindeer (Sami)

Lappvante- thick falling snow (Swedish)

Aputi: snow on the ground (Inuit/Yupik)

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create Your Own Snow Words

  1. Brainstorm different types of snow. Spark your imagination by looking at how other countries and cultures view snow.
  2. Invent 10 new words to describe different types of snow. Notice how your words sound and look. What if you used marks above vowels, how would that change the sound of your words?
  3. How would people unfamiliar with your language learn your new language?

For extra fun, experiment by making snow playdough using two ingredients.

SNOW DOUGH RECIPE 1

Equal amounts of each:

Cornstarch

Unscented Lotion

Optional:

Glitter and/or a drop of Peppermint Extract or Oil

SNOW PLAY DOUGH RECIPE 2 using baking soda and hair conditioner:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZbjrYcNpPs

Creative Thinking Prompt: Design A Chair That’s You

Creative Thinking Prompt: Design A Chair That’s You

A chair is a commonly used object. Here are some truly unique ones.

 rhino, walrus, octopus

 books and CDs

Creative Thinking Prompt: Design a chair that represents you. Use your imagination to create a chair that doesn’t resemble a traditional chair. Make it as original as you. What are some different types of chairs (rocking chair, throne, etc.)? What materials would you use and why? What is the purpose of your chair? What colors will you use? How will you decorate/embellish your chair? How will you use your chair? How many legs will your chair have? Will your chair have a back? What will the back look like? How will the seat of your chair be designed? Sketch your chair design.

To view some more interesting chairs, visit:

http://www.digsdigs.com/50-awesome-creative-chair-designs/

https://www.designswan.com/archives/10-ultra-cool-chairs-design.html

Creative Thinking Prompt: Sand Castles

Creative Thinking Prompt: Sand Castles

Whether you go to the beach or play in the sand at your local park, get ready to be inspired by these sand castles.

      

http://www.mostbeautifulthings.net/best-sand-castles/

 Image: thecreatorsproject.vice.com

 Image: www.babble.com

http://list25.com/25-of-the-most-amazing-sand-castles-ever-built/5/

Creative Thinking Prompt: Design a sand castle that serves a purpose. Who would live in your sand castle? How is your castle protected? What rooms does your castle need? Where would your castle be built? Why is your castle being built? How will your castle stay intact? Give your castle a name. Sketch your castle. Then build it!

Creative Thinking Prompt: Installation Artist Chiharu Shiota

Creative Thinking Prompt: Installation Artist Chiharu Shiota

Photo credit: Sunhi Mang

Artist Chiharu Shiota uses yarn and repurposed materials to create powerful, provoking art.

The Key in the Hand  2015 at the 56th Venice Biennale

https://creators.vice.com/en_us/article/a-cloud-of-keys-and-memories-hangs-over-venice

Chiharu Shiota suspends over 50,000 keys collected from world-wide donors with weaved yarn over a wooden boat.  The keys represent feelings and memories while the red yarn represents lines of memory and how they relate to one another.

Creative Thinking Prompt:  In what ways might you use a key besides opening a door? Brainstorm a list of possibilities of what you can do with a key. What else can a key represent? How might you incorporate keys into an art project?

EXTENDED CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about Chiharu Shiota and her work, visit:

http://www.chiharu-shiota.com/en/

Infinity Lines  2017 at Savannah College of Art and Design

https://creators.vice.com/en_us/article/chiharu-shiota-spiderweb-red-thread-memories

Creative Thinking Prompt: Is This A Dog?

Creative Thinking Prompt: Is This A Dog?

Is this a dog? No.

Is this a pepperoni pizza? No.

Is this a crab? No.

Take another look or in this case take a taste. All these images are cakes created by cake artist Debbie Goard whose sculpted cakes are so realistic they don’t look like they could be eaten. Some of her clients include Pixar, Goggle, Playstation, and Muscle Milk.

Cake Artist Debbie Goard

Creative Thinking Prompt: Similar to Debbie Goard, what type of material could you use to create something that disguises the material and leads your audience to believe that your product is something that it is not? Brainstorm a list of materials. For each material, brainstorm what product could be created using that material.

Extended Connections:

To learn more about Debbie Goard, visit:

https://www.debbiedoescakes.net/the-artist

Creative Thinking Prompt: Oxymoron

Jumbo shrimp 1998 by Jon Agee author/illustrator

Creative Thinking Prompt: Oxymorons

Oxymorons are figures of speech that put together at least two apparently contradictory terms to form a phrase. The phrase “”I am busy doing nothing” is an oxymoron phrase because busy and nothing have completely opposite meanings.

Make a list of oxymorons. Here are some to get started.

Blind eye

Bad luck

Clearly confused

Deafening silence

Definitely maybe

Random order

Original copy

Run slowly

Creative Thinking Prompt: From your list of oxymorons pick five to illustrate. Really exaggerate features to add humor to your picture.

Think Deeper:  Invent a few of your own oxymorons.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Animal Letter Writing

Prairie Dog
Creative Thinking Prompt: Animal Letter Writing

Look around your environment.

What types of animals of might live here?

Choose one animal to study.

Pretend to be that animal.

Write a letter to your best friend who is another animal in a different country.

Explain what is like to live where you live, what do you eat, how do you get food, what’s your home like, who are your “friends,” what’s your favorite thing to do, etc. Include a picture of yourself and your name. You could mail your letter to a friend or a family member and see if they write you back as an animal.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Sugar Painting

Creative Thinking Prompt: Sugar Painting

A Chinese traditional folk art, sugar painting is a skilled art form that is fading away in today’s society. To be trained in this art form, sugar painters often first train as a traditional painter. Using a marble slab as a canvas, melted caramelized sugar, a ladle type spoon, and a metal spatula as their tools, sugar artists create phoenix, dragons, and koi fish. Once created, the art is attached to a wooden stick to eat.

Watch this three minute video to view a sugar koi fish being made.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xl5jwE_F5Ms

 To learn more about China’s sugar art, visit:

http://www.tour-beijing.com/china_travel_guide/culture/handicrafts/sugar_painting/

 Kids can paint with sugar, too.

http://kidscraftroom.com/winter-sugar-painting-kids/

 

 

Creative Thinking Prompt: An Egg of Ideas

Creative Thinking Prompt: An Egg of Ideas

◊  Go on an egg hunt for ideas. Make a list of subjects. Write each subject on a small piece of paper. Fill the plastic eggs with the papers. Hide the eggs. After the egg hunt, students make a list of “I wonder” questions that interest them about the subject in each egg. Use the 5W1H creative thinking technique – who, what, when, where, why and how.

◊  What else can an egg be? Brainstorm for at least ten minutes. Circle the most unusual idea.

◊  In what ways might an egg be used? Brainstorm for at least ten minutes.

◊  Decorate an egg in a way that disguises the egg.

◊  Write a short story about an adventure that an egg might have from the viewpoint of the egg.

◊  Invent a game using plastic eggs.

These activities encourage curiosity, flexible thinking, perspective, and imagination.