Category Archives: Fluency Thinking

Creative Thinking Prompt: A Catching Net

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Creative Thinking Prompt: A Catching Net

The purpose of a net is to catch things. What type of things could I catch with a net? Brainstorm a list of ways that a net is used. Invent a special net to catch an imaginary creature. Sketch what your net looks like and how it works. What type of material is your net made from? How big or small is your net? Is it a particular color? Why?

Think Deeper: What other purpose could your invented net be used for?

Creative Thinking Prompt: Jelly Bean Surprise

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Creative Thinking Prompt: Jelly Bean Surprise

Write the word ‘bean’ at the top of a piece of lined paper. Brainstorm 25 things related to ‘bean.’ Then think up five more.

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jelly bean

lima bean

pinto bean

bean sprout

black bean

refried beans

string beans

green bean

bean bag chair

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Pick five or more from your list and write a story using the title, Jelly Bean Surprise. Your chosen items can be characters, part of the story problem, part of the solution, part of the setting, etc.

As you write, remember that stories have a beginning (character has a problem), middle (character attempts to solve problem), and end (character solves the problem). When you’re finished, share your story, if you’d like.

Creative Thinking Prompt: What Can You Do With Pretzels?

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Creative Thinking Prompt: What Can You Do With Pretzels?

Build a roller coaster of course. Using different sized pretzels, a hot glue gun, and their imaginations, contest contestants built coasters. Although I don’t believe Synder’s of Hanover sponsors this contest anymore, watch this Youtube video to be inspired to build your own coaster.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GNmIehm87k

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Or make animals using melted chocolate and candy decorations.

http://hungryhappenings.com/2013/04/chocolate-dipped-pretzels-pretzel-farm-animals.html/

http://www.stoplookingetcookin.com/2012/03/ladybug-duck-and-bunny-pretzels/

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Photo courtesy of: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kidmissile/

Or use pretzel bread to make a sandwich.

What can you do with a bag of pretzels?

Creative Thinking Prompt: Bridging

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London Bridge at the River Thames, England

Creative Thinking Prompt: Bridging

When you see the word bridge, you probably think of a structure that spans across water with the purpose to cross over the water. Now what if you think of a bridge as something that connects, how does that change what you picture as a bridge?

Brainstorm a list of what else can be a bridge. To help you get started: a smell is a bridge to a memory; a prized family recipe is a bridge to a family’s history; a story is a bridge to an experience.

Think Deeper: In addition to concrete and wood, brainstorm what else can compose a bridge.

Creative Thinking Prompt: An Upside-Down House

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Creative Thinking Prompt:  An Upside-Down House

Imagine living in a house that was built upside-down. How would you move from room to room? Where would your bed be placed in your bedroom? Would chairs and tables float on ceilings?

Visit this link to see more of this Upside-Down House located in Siberia: http://www.fubiz.net/en/2014/12/26/upside-down-house-in-siberia/

What would the world be like if the Earth flipped upside down -the North Pole would be in the South Pole and the South Pole would be in the North Pole?

What would it be like if humans were upside down – we walked on our hands and our feet swung in the air?

What would it be like if houses and buildings had their ceiling as floors and the floors were the ceiling?

What if it rained upside-down?

Think Deeper: What else can you think of that can be turned upside-down? How could you use those upside-down items?

“I See Ten Black Dots. What Do You See?”

“I See Ten Black Dots. What Do You See?”

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Ten Black Dots

What can you do with ten black dots? In this rhyming, counting book, readers count from one to ten as they find alternate uses for dots in everyday objects.

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At the end of the book, a pictograph is used to show the value of the numbers one through ten. This book promotes creative thinking, flexible thinking and fluency thinking.

TITLE: Ten Black Dots

AUTHOR: Donald Crews

ILLUSTRATOR: Donald Crews

PUBLISHER: Harper Collins Children’s, 1963, 1986

AGE GROUP: 3-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative thinking, flexible thinking, fluency thinking

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Look around your classroom, your house or take a walk outside. List all the ways you see that dots can be used. For example, a dot could be a bicycle wheel or a hole in a field or a prairie dog’s eye. See if you can come up with 25 different ways.

2) Dots can be used to represent a face. Using a paper plate as a dot, draw a face on it. Tape a craft stick to the back of the face. Give your face a name. Imagine what your face character likes to do and what his/her personality is like. Pretend to be your character and engage in a conversation with a friend.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Donald Crews,

visit: http://nccil.org/experience/artists/crewsfam/dcrews.htm

 

Creative Thinking Prompt: What’s In A Name?

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What’s In A Name?

Creative Thinking Prompt: What’s In A Name?

Names identify us. What if we could only introduce ourselves with an image rather than saying our names?

Make a list of at least 25 things that represent who you are.

Here’s a list of questions to get you started.

Where is your family from?

What’s your favorite food?

What things do you hold important?

What is your favorite season?

What is your favorite emoji?

What is your favorite color?

What is your favorite smell?

Who do you admire? What characteristics about that person do you admire?

What are some of your favorite things to do?

What else identifies who you are?

Each letter of your name represents something about you. You can combine more than one thing within a letter. Each letter must connect in some way with the next letter in your name. This series of letter images represent you. As you work, Think Deeper.

Think Deeper:  Your personality has many different aspects. Each letters should reflect a part of your personality. Think about the colors you wish to use. Think about how to include patterns, textures, and shading. Think of the outline of each letter – will it be bold, tall, graffiti type, short, etc. How will each letter connect to the next? Next time someone asks you your name, flash your name image. It’ll say a lot about you without you having to utter a single word.

Creative Thinking Prompt: There’s a Recipe for That?

Creative Thinking Prompt:  There’s a Recipe for That?

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When you brainstorm, write down all your ideas as they come to you. Do not analyze them. This is not the time for that because you want to think up the most original, creative idea you can. The more ideas you have, the more unusual your ideas become. Eventually, you run out of ideas. Don’t stop. Push yourself to think of at least five more ideas because at this point unique ideas originate.

Brainstorm a list of ice cream flavors. Brainstorm a list of breakfast dishes. Pick one flavor from each list and combine the two to invent a new dish. Give your new dish an unusual name.

Things to think about:

When should your dish be eaten – breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, special treat, birthdays, holidays?

What makes your dish special?

Where can your dish be eaten?

How can your dish be served?

What ingredients do you need to make this dish?

What kitchen tools – pots, spoons, spatulas, bowls, etc. are needed?

 Write step-by-step directions of your new dish. Don’t forget to list the ingredients and the kitchen tools you’ll need.

For free printable recipe cards, visit:

http://tipnut.com/free-printable-recipe-cards-a-nice-collection/

Think Deeper: 

Write a story about your invented dish. How did it come about? Will this recipe become a special tradition for your family? Is it magical? What if someone from outer space ate your dish, what would happen?

P.S. How does an egg laugh? Yolk! Yolk!

When you brainstorm, write down all your ideas as they come to you. Do not analyze them. This is not the time for that because you want to think up the most original, creative idea you can. The more ideas you have, the more unusual your ideas become. Eventually, you run out of ideas. Don’t stop. Push yourself to think of at least five more ideas because at this point unique ideas originate.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create Unique Valentines

Create Unique Valentines

Create your own special Valentines by using anthropomorphism, which is giving human qualities inanimate objects, animals, or natural phenomena like the yam in this Valentine.

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http://www.vintagevalentinemuseum.com/2010/11/edible-love-anthopomorphized-fruits-and.html

Use words that have can have more than one meaning. Notice how the word ‘swimmingly’ is used.

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http://freevintageillustrations.com/galleries/valentines-day/

Try a twist on words. Notice how the word ‘relish’ is use in this Valentine.

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http://www.vintagevalentinemuseum.com/2011_10_01_archive.html
Creative Thinking Prompt:

Make a list of five animals, five foods and five objects. For each item, write a human characteristic that can be attributed to the item and/or write a word with a double meaning.

Here are some that came to my mind. Guess what object or animal would be associated with each saying.

  1. “I can’t bear to be without you, Valentine!”
  2. “You’re ap-pealing to me!”
  3. “I tank I like you.”
  4. “You’re the mane event, Valentine!”

Answers:

  1.  a bear
  2. a banana
  3. an army tank
  4. a lion
Happy Valentine’s Day!

Creative Thinking Challenge: Oopsy Doopsy

Oopsy Doopsy

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That mistake is not a mistake. It’s art!

Creative Thinking Prompt: Oopsy Doopsy!  Many artists start out their projects with a specific end goal. Often that original idea is altered by a mistake that occurs during the art process. Many artists use that mistake to turn their projects into a work of art that the artist could not have imagined otherwise.

Try your hand at turning mistakes into works of art. Remember art is not perfectionism; it’s about expression.

1) Crumple up a piece of paper. Unfold it. Outline some of the folds. Using those lines, create an image.

2) Make a tear (or a few tears) in a piece of paper. Create an art piece, incorporating the tear into your art.

3) Drop a blob of paint on a piece of paper and smear it with your finger. After it dries, incorporate the paint blob into an art image.

4) Take discarded paper and rip it into shreds. Using those shreds, arrange them to form a picture.

Think Deeper: What other mistakes can you think of that you can recreate into a work of art?