Category Archives: Flexible Thinking

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.

Paul Meets Bernadette

Paul Meets Bernadette”

Paul swims around and around in big circles and little circles. He swims to the left and to the right. He swims up and down, down and up until…

…Bernadette drops in and shows Paul a world filled with so many interesting things.

  

“Do you see those tall buildings over there?” says Bernadette.

Textured oil paintings beautifully illustrate the mundane changing into something unusual.

This book promotes originality, perspective, imagination, and flexible thinking.

TITLE: Paul Meets Bernadette

AUTHOR: Rosy Lamb

ILLUSTRATOR: Rosy Lamb

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2013

AGE GROUP: 5-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: originality, perspective, imagination, flexible thinking

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Make a list of things that you see at lunch. Pick 10 items. For each item, list what else it could be. For example, a sandwich is a raft for ants (raisins) to float down the river (split milk).

2) Imagine you are a bird flying about your day. What might you encounter? Now using your imagination, elaborate on those encounters, what might those things become? 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Rosy Lamb, visit:

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-authors/article/60472-fall-2013-flying-starts-rosy-lamb.html

Creative Thinking Prompt: I See You

Creative Thinking Prompt: I See You

  First, brainstorm different ways that “I see you” can be interpreted.

 Second, combine.

Select from your list a few ways and combine them. Play around with these combinations. Have fun!

  Third, evaluate.

Which combination is most unusual? Which one creates emotion or an “aha” moment? Which one is “boring”? Which one has humor? Can a trait from one be substituted for a trait in another combination? Has you seen this done before? If so, how can you make it original?

 Fourth, elaborate.

Add details to your combination. Extend it.

These are some of my thoughts and where they led as I went through the creative process.

A) eyeball art; play on words I Sea You->  an image of the ocean in the iris of an eye

B) graffiti art; font; text message ICU ->  could mean an emergency room or combine with graffiti art to create images within the letters of ICU to create meaning for I See You

C) body movement; sign language ->  through a telescope or binoculars is an image of you in the sea

 Creative Thinking Prompt: How many ways can you create meaning for “I See You”?