Category Archives: Flexible Thinking

Who Took The Farmer’s Hat?

“Who Took The Farmer’s Hat?”

When the wind takes the farmer’s old brown hat, the farmer asks Squirrel, Mouse, Fly, Goat and Duck if they have seen his hat. No one has seen the hat. 

Yet, each one sees something different – a round pot, a round brown hill, and more. Read this book for a sweet ending.

This book promotes the creative component of flexible thinking.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because the nostalgic illustrations and text take me back to books of my childhood. Also, readers can imagine what else a hat can be. 

TITLE: Who Took The Farmer’s Hat?

AUTHOR: Joan L. Nodset

ILLUSTRATOR: Fritz Siebel 

PUBLISHER: HarperCollins Children’s Books, 1963


TOPIC(S): farmer, farm, problem solving

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: flexible thinking


1) Pick a setting other than a farm such as a city or school. What else can a hat be in that particular setting?

2) Pick a unique style of hat. What else can that hat be?


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I See Sea Food

“I See Sea Food”

Can you find pancakes and pizza crusts in the ocean? 

In this nonfiction picture book, readers discover unusual sea creatures that resemble food like chocolate chip sea stars, pineapplefish, sea apples, and many more. 

Readers learn engaging facts about these underwater animals.

Nature is so cool!

This book promotes creative components of nature and flexible thinking.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because readers see how these unusual sea creatures received their names by how they resemble common foods.

TITLE: I See Sea Food

AUTHOR: Jenna Grodzicki

ILLUSTRATOR: Jenna Grodzicki

PUBLISHER: Millbrook Press, 2020


TOPIC(S): sea creatures

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: nature, flexible thinking


1) Invent a sea creature that resembles your favorite food.

2) Pick three sea creatures from the book. Combine them together to design a new sea creature. Fill out the fast facts for your new creatures (like in the book). Don’t forget to name your creature!


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Birds of a Feather: Bowerbirds and Me

“Birds of a Feather: Bowerbirds and Me”

Bowerbirds live in Australia. Author/illustrator Susan L. Roth lives in New York. One is a bird. One is a human. What could these two possibly have in common? LOTS!

In this book, readers will discover how art imitates nature and how nature imitates art. Susan L. Roth’s collage technique illustrates the commonalities that she shares with bowerbirds while educating the reader about the bowerbird and her creative process. In the end, they both create colorful works of art using objects they find and collect in their natural habitats.

This book promotes creative components of nature, creative process, and being a creative person.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  Often times, creative people look to nature for inspiration. I like this book because it compares two unlikely subjects, a person and a bird, to find commonalities in the creative process of creating. 

TITLE: Birds of a Feather: Bowerbirds and Me

AUTHOR: Susan L. Roth


PUBLISHER: Neal Porter Books, 2019


TOPIC(S): bower birds, nature, an artist’s process

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: nature, creative person, creative process


1) With what animal do you share common traits? Use scissors or your fingers to tear colorful paper into pieces. Arrange these pieces to form your chosen animal and glue them onto a fresh sheet of paper.

2) Take a few moments to observe a tree. In what three ways are you and the tree similar? 


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