Category Archives: Picture Books

Creative Thinking Prompt: Santa’s Beard Games

Creative Thinking Prompt: Santa’s Beard Games

 

 

What things can you find in Santa’s beard? Using the ABCs, list things one might find in Santa’s beard on Christmas Eve.

 

 

 

Pin the beard on Santa.  

 

 

What else can this be? Brainstorm 15 different things this could be.

 

 

 

Make an origami Santa hat at https://weheartit.com/entry/52375235

Design a new style for Santa’s beard and mustache. With this new style, is Santa still Santa? Yes or no, and why?

Oh no! Santa’s beard didn’t grow in time. What else could Santa wear to replace his beard? Brainstorm 10 things Santa could wear.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Invent your own Santa’s Beard game.

Niko Draws A Feeling

“Niko Draws A Feeling

Everywhere that Niko looks, he draws something that inspires him like the ring-a-ling of an ice cream truck and the hard work of a mother robin building her nest.

No one understands his drawings until one day a girl moves in next door and sees sadness in his drawing.

Niko draws her a picture and asks her, “What is this?” She answers, “It makes me feel like I made a new friend.”

This book promotes imagination, a different perspective, and being unique.

TITLE: Niko Draws A Feeling

AUTHOR: Bob Raczka

ILLUSTRATOR: Simone Shin

PUBLISHER: Carolrhoda, 2017

AGE GROUP: 4-7

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, a different perspective, unique

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Pick an emotion. Draw what that emotion feels like to you. Draw the opposite emotion of the emotion you picked.

2) Draw the surprise of a surprise party. Draw the joy of receiving a present.

3) Abstract Art is expression of emotion that uses only lines, colors, and shapes, no subject.

Make your own abstract art. Think of an emotion. Freely draw lines onto a blank sheet of paper. Fill in your picture with different colors.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about Bob Raczka, visit:

http://www.bobraczka.com/about/

To learn more about Simone Shin, visit:

http://simoneshin.com

Creative Thinking Prompt: Design A Toy

 

 
Creative Thinking Prompt: Design A Toy

  Step One: Research past and present toys.

Which ones do you like? Why?

Which ones do you not like? Why?

Which characteristics of the toys you picked could you use in your new toy?

What parts from your favorite toy could you use in your new toy?

Now ⇒  Think About Your Toy Design

Color?

Shape?

Size?

Moving Parts?

Feel?

Sound?

What type of toy do you want to make?

What materials will your toy be made from?

What can you do with it?

Why is it fun to play with?

Who will play with this toy?

Who will buy this toy?

How will someone play with it?

 Step Two: Sketch out your design.

 Step Three: Invent your toy.

Use recyclables and items found around the house to design your toy.

Introduce your toy to someone. Let them ask questions about your toy.

 Step Four: Revise your toy design.

  Step Five: Name your toy. Write a brief description on how to play with your toy.

 Step Six: Marketing

Where will you sell your toy?

Design a logo and brand name.

How will you package your toy?

What will your toy cost?

How is your toy different than other toys?

Why would someone buy your toy?

  Happy Toy Inventing!