Category Archives: Flexible Thinking

Windblown

“Windblown”

In this cumulative story, beginning with one windblown gray circle, paper scraps are blown. 

The narrator asks, “Whose are these? Where did they come from?” 

The chicken says, “They’re mine!” 

The papers transform into different animals, which declare that the scraps belong to them. Then the wind blows all the scraps into the air and asks the reader, “What will you make?”

This book promotes creative components of imagination, flexible thinking and fluency.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because the reader can use his/her imagination to think about what the paper scraps will form before turning the page. 

TITLE: Windblown

AUTHOR: ÉdouardManceau

ILLUSTRATOR: ÉdouardManceau

Translated by: Sarah Quinn

PUBLISHER: Owlkids Books Inc., 2013

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): shapes, animals

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, flexible thinking, fluency

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Cut different shapes from scraps of paper. Use your imagination to create different things from these scraps.

2) Play tangram games at Math is Fun website:

https://www.mathsisfun.com/games/tangrams.html

3) Do this activity based on the book: http://www.owlkidsbooks.com/Portals/0/docs/windblown-activity.pdf

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Édouard Manceau, visit:

https://www.abramsbooks.com/contributor/edouard-manceau_11558707/

Beastly Puzzles: A Brain-Boggling Animal Guessing Game

“Beastly Puzzles: A Brain-Boggling Animal Guessing Game”

In this picture book, each scenario begins with “What animal could you make with…” and then clues are provided.

Open the flap to discover the animal and learn facts about each animal part as it relates to its clue.

Can you guess what animal this is? 

This book promotes creative components of imagination, discovery, and flexible thinking.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because the common household clues lead to a surprising animal discovery. I enjoy the flexible-thinking challenge as will readers of guessing the correct animal based on how an animal would use the objects (clues) as part of the attributes that comprise their genetic makeup or behavior. 

TITLE: Beastly Puzzles: A Brain-Boggling Animal Guessing Game

AUTHOR: Rachel Poliquin

ILLUSTRATOR: Bryon Eggenschwiler

PUBLISHER: Kids Can Press, 2019

AGE GROUP: 5-7

TOPIC(S): animals, riddles, creative and critical thinking skills

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: discovery, flexible thinking, imagination

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Add to the book by picking an animal and finding everyday items that relate to an attribute or behavior of the animal. Make a list of the clues and have someone guess your animal.

2) Think about a plant or tree. What everyday objects could provide clues about your plant or tree? Then have someone answer the question,  What plant could you make with….?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Rachel Poliquin, visit:

http://www.rachelpoliquin.com/about-1

To learn more about illustrator Bryon Eggenschwiler, visit:

https://www.byronegg.com

Alphabet City

“Alphabet City”

In this wordless picture book, author/illustrator Stephen T. Johnson challenges readers to look beyond initial appearances to discover the letters of the alphabet in a city landscape. Johnson’s paintings reflect cityscape elements that form capital letters. 

Can you find the letters E, P, and T?

This book promotes creative components of imagination, discovery, flexible thinking, perspective, and wonder.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because it encourages readers to look at the world in a different way while learning through discovery.

TITLE: Alphabet City

AUTHOR: Stephen T. Johnson

ILLUSTRATOR: Stephen T. Johnson

PUBLISHER: Viking, 1995

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): alphabet, city, wordless

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, discovery, creativity, flexible thinking, perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Take a walk around your school or neighborhood, searching for the alphabet letters. Sketch each letter you discovered to make your own alphabet book.

2) Pick a letter. Camouflage your letter inside a picture that you draw. See if others can find your letter.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Stephen T. Johnson, visit:

https://stephentjohnson.com/pagecv