After unpacking her things, a girl sits in her new bedroom, listening to the neighborhood kids play outside. She picks at a corner of peeling wallpaper and discovers…
When the girl notices the monster is sad and lonely, she says hello. They play until her tummy rumbles for lunch. After lunch, she hears the kids playing and waves to them.
This book promotes imagination, courage, and creative problem solving.
AUTHOR: Thao Lam
ILLUSTRATOR: Thao Lam
PUBLISHER: Owlkids Books, 2018
AGE GROUP: 4-6
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, courage, creative problem solving
1) If you peeled away wallpaper, what worlds might you find?
2) What can you do to welcome a new student to your school?
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Creative Thinking Prompt: What Else Can An Ice Cube Tray Be?
Here is a plain, boring ice cube tray. Let’s change it into something else.
What else can you use it for?
Brainstorm a list of ways an ice cube tray could be used.
Here are a few to get you started: storing buttons, sorting items, make edible treats with “hidden” frozen treasures inside them, a water collector, a part for a new invention
There’s a shark floating in my drink! If you could change an ice cube’s shape, what shape would it be? What would you use it for?
How could you use this tray of ice cubes to teach someone about the United States?
Pretend you are planning a birthday party for a worm, how else could an ice cube tray used?
Write a short story, using an ice cube as the main character. Besides melting, what else could your ice cube main character’s problem?
Have a cool day!
Creative Thinking Prompt: Go Fly A Kite
No one knows when the first kite was made. Kites may have been made to send messages.
Other purposes were to test the wind, measure distances, and signaling. Kites can have many shapes.
Did you know that Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the phone, invented the tetrahedral kite? He wanted to build a kite that could hold a man and a motor.
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Before designing your kite, think about:
What shape do you want to use for your kite design?
How does the shape affect how your kite flies?
How might your kite design symbolically represent you?
What message could you send by flying your kite?
Who would you want to receive your message?
Remember as part of the inventing process, you may need to try out many different designs before you find one that works.
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