Category Archives: Creative Thinking Prompts

I’m Going To Give You A Bear Hug!

“I’m Going To Give You A Bear Hug!”

Time for bed! Starting with a big bear hug, a child receives different animal hugs as bedtime approaches.

Through rhyming text and repetition, this story shows how encompassing and everlasting a parent’s love can be.

Beautiful illustrations of familiar animals add another layer to this lovely story. 

This story promotes the creative component of flexible thinking.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of its many layers. Each step of this bedtime ritual correlates with an animal hug. I love the rhythm and rhyme of this text and the beautiful illustrations. Readers will feel the love that this mother has for her child.

TITLE: I’m Going To Give You A Bear Hug!

AUTHOR: Caroline B. Cooney

ILLUSTRATOR: Tim Warnes

PUBLISHER: Zonderkidz, 2016

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): bedtime, parent/child relationship, love

CREATIVE COMPONENT: flexible thinking

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What other animals would you like to receive bedtime hugs from?

2) Pretend you are a pet such as a dog or cat. How might you describe a hug from your owner?

3) Make a list of ways that you show you care about someone. Pick one of those ways and show someone you care today.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Caroline B. Cooney, visit:

https://www.carolinebcooneybooks.com/about/as_a_child.html

To learn more about the illustrator Tim Warnes, visit:

If You Were The Moon

If You Were The Moon”

 What would you do if you were the moon? In Laura Purdie Salas’ creative and lyrical nonfiction book, If You Were The Moon, readers discover the roles the moon plays.

“Be a bright alarm clock to wake the night.”

Sidebars explain facts about the moon.

This story promotes creative components of flexible thinking, analogy, and nature.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because young readers can easily relate to the moon analogies while learning science facts about the moon.

TITLE: If You Were The Moon

AUTHOR: Laura Purdie Salas

ILLUSTRATOR: Jamie Kim

PUBLISHER: Millbrook Press, 2017

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPIC(S): functions of the moon

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: flexible thinking, analogy, nature

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Author Laura Purdie Salas wrote about the functions of the moon and how that might look to us. Find out some facts about the sun. Imagine you are the sun. What jobs would you do?

2) 

Using your creativity, think up two or more additional analogies that could be added to this book about the moon. For example, the author, Laura Purdie Salas, wrote the moon spins like a twilight ballerina. What else could the moon spin like?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Laura Purdie Salas, visit:

http://laurasalas.com/how-laura-became-a-writer/

To learn more about illustrator Jamie Kim, visit:

https://www.jaimekim.com/about

Creative Thinking Prompt: Summer Monster

Creative Thinking Prompt: Summer Monster

Create a Summertime Monster.

First, list all the facts that you know about summer.

Grab a clump of clay. Mush it as you think about your summertime facts.

Next, think about traits of a monster. (Your monster can be cute or scary.)

Now take some of your summer facts and combine it with some of your monster traits to create a Summer Monster.

How does your Summer Monster help Nature during Summer? Name your monster.