Category Archives: Creative Thinking Prompts

Creative Thinking Prompt: Play ZA ZA ZOOM! ®

Use your imagination to play ZA ZA ZOOM! ®  created by Hervé Tullet, the author/illustrator of these books

Press Here,

Let’s Play!,

and Mix It Up!

ZA ZA ZOOM! ® an open-ended game with its double-sided cards

fosters imagination and stimulates creative thinking. There are many different ways to play. Players can create their own games, play a matching game or the Roadbuilder game or the Patterngrower game.

Ages: 3 and up

Players: 2-4 players; partners or single players

Created by: Hervé Tullet (picture book author/illustrator)

Published: Chronicle Books, 2016

Any way you play it, ZA ZA ZOOM! ® is sure to be a visual adventure.

To learn more about Hervé Tullet, visit:

http://www.herve-tullet.com

Creative Thinking Prompt: Chalk Art Sparks Storytelling

©http://zinnart.com

Creative Thinking Prompt: Chalk Art Sparks Storytelling

 David Zinn

Photo via http://www.boredpanda.com/sluggo-chalk-drawings-street-art-david-zinn/

When I came across a post about Chalk Artist David Zinn, my imagination sparked. I couldn’t help but wonder what these characters’ stories were. Incorporating the surrounding environment to create his characters, Zinn pulls audiences into other realms, daring fans to imagine – where did this come from? what are they doing? why are they here? where are they going?

©http://zinnart.com

Creative Thinking Prompt: Chalk Art Sparks Storytelling

Visit David Zinn’s gallery http://zinnart.com/2015/11/far-flung-and-underfoot-traveling-street-art-2015/ or http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/09/david-zinn/.

After viewing Zinn’s chalk art, be inspired to write a story. Remember to have a beginning, middle and ending. Title your story.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Reinvent the Wheel

Creative Thinking Prompt: Reinvent the Wheel

Originality, an elemental component of creative thinking, takes the usual and makes it unusual. Let’s take the wheel, a common object, and make it original.

What makes a wheel a wheel?

Make a list of all the different types of wheels.

What traits do all wheels have in common?

Brainstorm different ways or purposes that a wheel can be used.

Then, use SCAMPER to reinvent the wheel.

S = Substitute:  Remove some part and replace it with something else.

C = Combination:  Join or force together two or more elements of your subject to develop a solution.

A = Adapt:  Change some part so that it works where before it didn’t work.

M = Magnify or modify:  Consider the attributes of the subject and change them. Attributes include: size, shape, other dimensions, texture, color, position, etc.

P = Put to other uses:  Think about your subject – why it exists, what it is used for, what it’s supposed to do. Then think up new and unusual purposes.            

E = Eliminate:  Remove any or all elements of the subject to find another solution.

R = Rearrange or reverse:  Look at the subject from different perspectivesTurn it upside-down, inside-out. Make it go backwards, against the direction it was intended to go or be used. Similar to Reverse, modify the order of operations or any other hierarchy involved.

SCAMPER was developed by Bob Eberle based upon Alex Osborn’s creating thinking questions. Alex Osborn is the originator of brainstorming. Scamper is based upon seven creative thinking principles. Each principle views your idea in a different manner. By asking questions related to each principle, Scamper gets you thinking about which areas of your idea you can improve.

Creative Thinking Prompt: The Green Blob

Creative Thinking Prompt:  The Green Blob

Brainstorm a list of at least 100 things that are green. Circle the most unusual ones.

Brainstorm a list of at least 100 things that move. Circle the most unusual ones.

Now take one circled item from each list and combine them to invent The Green Blob.

Your green blob can be anything – a thing, a creature, a storybook character, or a new invention.

Sketch out your blob.

What are the characteristics of your blob?

What makes your blob unique?

What does your blob do?

Name your blob.

EXTENDED LEARNING CONNECTIONS:

Just for fun. To make green slime (recipe included), visit:

Kids in the Kitchen: Homemade Slime!

Creative Thinking Prompt: Unusual Knitting

Creative Thinking Prompt: Unusual Knitting

Knitting Artist Dave Cole

knits using unusual materials such as lead-lined fabric and Kevlar and using unusual knitting needles like excavation machines and rifles.

This teddy bear he knitted from fiberglass.

@ http://flavorwire.com/140464/10-artists-who-use-yarn-as-their-medium/5

This flag he knitted using John Deere excavation machines.

Titled “The Knitting Machine.”

@ http://davecoledavecole.com/#/the-knitting-machine/

 Creative Thinking Prompt: Brainstorm a list of knitting materials that someone can use to knit with. Brainstorm a second list of items that can be used as knitting needles. Pair one of your knitting materials with one of your knitting needles items, then Google to see if anyone has ever tried knitting in that fashion.

EXTENDED LEARNING CONNECTIONS:

To view more of Dave Cole art, visit:

https://spinhandspun.wordpress.com/2009/05/14/dave-cole/

Kids can knit with their fingers. Watch this easy tutorial to start creating your own knitting handiworks.

‪How to Finger Knit, Episode 80 by Fiber Flux at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsZsUBYU0qU

Creative Thinking Prompt: Kamishibai – A Storytelling Art

Creative Thinking Prompt:  Kamishibai – A Storytelling Art

Kamishibai is a visual and oral storytelling art form originating from Japan starting in the 1920s. Typically, the storyteller rode his bike with his miniature stage attached. Crowds of children would gather to listen to the story. These storytellers had the audience interact with the story by using 12 or more visual cards with minimal story detail.

Watch a kamishibai story at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_Ugic0n49M

‪The Three Magic Charms: a kamishibai tale 

Told by ‪Genevieve Waller, Crooked Door Storytelling

To learn more about the history of kamishibai, visit:

http://www.kamishibai.com/history.html

Creative Thinking Prompt:  Create your own version of kamishibai storytelling by making your own visual cards and developing your own oral story.

 Read this picture book by Allen Say.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Your Door to Your Imagination

Creative Thinking Prompt:  Your Door to Your Imagination

Doors can be portals to new worlds. A way a door looks can tell a lot about where it leads to. Look at the pictures below.

Where do you imagine these doors lead?

Creative Thinking Prompt:  Use your imagination to design your own door and where it will take you. Use multiple mediums to create a two-dimensional or three-dimensional door. Make your door as ornate as you like.

How does your door open? Does it creak? Is it silent?

Is your door upright or upside-down?

Do you enter into an underwater world, an underground world, an alien world, a fantasy, etc?

What time is it? 1800’s, 2050, night, dawn, etc.

When you walk through the door, what do your feet touch? What do you smell? What do you see? Is someone or something waiting for you?

Now imagine what you will do in this new world.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Lipstick Art

Creative Thinking Prompt: Lipstick Art

Nail art is popular but have you ever thought of doing art on lips? About four to five thousand years ago ancient Mesopotamia, the first manmade lipstick was made from ground precious gems.  Women decorated their lips with this gem dust. Today lipstick still continues to decorate our lips. But did you know it can be used for art?

Animal Lipstick Art by Paige Thompson

Photography via Instagram.com/DollarLadyClub

Photography via Instagram.com/SARAHMCGBRADY

To view more lip art, visit:

http://fashionmagazine.com/beauty/lipstick-art-instagram/

People use their lips for many things – speaking, eating, whistling, kissing and painting. Artist Natalie Irish uses her lips to create art.

©Natalie Irish

Jimmy Hendrix

To view more of Natalie Irish’s work, visit:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/kate-middleton-recreated-lipstick-kissing-1261857

 http://www.natalieirish.com/home-1.html

Interesting Fact: Lips are unique like fingerprints and snowflakes. No two lip impressions are the same.

What can your lips do?

Creative Thinking Prompt: Invent Your Own Idioms

“Icing On The Cake”

Icing or frosting makes a cake taste better than it would without the frosting. But what does it mean when you say “That’s icing on the cake”? This expression is an idiom. As an idiom it means something extra good is added to something that is already good.

Idioms are expressions that aren’t understood from the literal meanings of the separate words. Instead when those words are grouped together have a separate meaning of their own. For example:  raining cats and dogs doesn’t mean cats and dogs are falling from rainclouds, it means it is raining heavily. Break a leg doesn’t mean break a leg, it means good luck.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Invent Your Own Idioms

Write alternate meanings for these common idioms.

Joined at the hip

Take breath away

Drop like flies

Knock on wood

Write a new meaning for these made-up idioms.

The Icing on the Doughnut

The Syrup on the Pancake

The Ice on Icicle

Now think up your own idioms and their meanings.

To view other idioms and learn more about them, visit:

http://idioms.in/kids/

http://idioms.in

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create Mandala Art

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create Mandala Art

Creating a mandala can be a form of meditation and relaxation while getting your creativity on. They can be as simple or as elaborate as you want. They are made using different types of materials from paper and pens to crystals, stone, reused materials, etc. A mandala can be singular or many grouped together as one like the photo below of Suzan Drummen’s mandala.

©Suzan Drummen

Netherland artist Suzan Drummen uses crystals, mirrors and precious stones to make her mandalas. She relies on her sense of space and the light to build her patterns to create her art.

To see more images of Suzan Drummen’s mandalas, visit:

http://www.awesomeinventions.com/suzan-drummen-creates-beautiful-jeweled-mandala-art/

To learn more about Mandala artist Suzan Drummen, visit:

http://www.suzandrummen.nl

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create a Mandala Using Geometric Shapes

Materials Needed:  pencil, marker, protractor, compass, paper

Decide what shapes you would like to use. You can add designs to your shapes as you create your mandala.

Follow these steps at https://www.art-is-fun.com/how-to-draw-a-mandala to make your own mandala and to download free mandala coloring pages.

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