Category Archives: Imagination

Creative Thinking Prompt: What’s That Smell?

Creative Thinking Prompt: What’s That Smell?

Brainstorm different types of smells. From your list, choose 20.

With an adult, walk around your neighborhood or town sniffing.

Give yourself a point for each smell you find on your list.

Think Deeper: Create a symphony of smells. Pretend you are a songwriter. How would you use smells to create a song?

Willy’s Stories

Willy’s Stories”

Willy’s Stories is written and illustrated by British Children’s Laureate (2009-2011) Anthony Browne. Each day Willy walks through these doors and something incredible happens.

Each of the ten stories begin in such a way as to disguise a well-known classic story, inserting the reader into a new story and then having the reader continue the story.

At the end of the book, the ten classic tales are revealed.

This book promotes imagination and originality.

TITLE: Willy’s Stories

AUTHOR: Anthony Browne, British Children’s Laureate 2009-2011

ILLUSTRATOR: Anthony Browne

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2014

AGE GROUP: 6-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, originality

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Pick a classic tale. Rewrite the beginning of this story. See if your friends can guess what classic tale it is.

2) Create your own fairy tale. Combine characters from two different classic stories and put them together in a story.

 EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Anthony Browne, visit:

http://www.anthonybrownebooks.com

Where’s the Baboon? A 2-in-1 Book Game

Where’s the Baboon? A 2-in-1 Book Game”

If you love word games and riddles, you’ll love Michael Escoffier’s and Kris Di Giacomo’s Where’s the Baboon?

“Who made this painting?”

“Who is having a birthday?”

Illustrations provide context clues and the colored letters help to answer the questions.

This book promotes imagination and discovery.

TITLE: Where’s the Baboon? A 2-in-1 Book Game

AUTHOR: Michael Escoffier

ILLUSTRATOR: Kris Di Giacomo

PUBLISHER: Enchanted Lion Books, 2015

AGE GROUP: 5-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, discovery

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Create your own hidden word game and play with a friend.

2) Take one of the words from the story and invent a new animal based on the remaining letters. For example: if the word is headmaster, the hidden animal word is hamster, the remaining letters are e, d, a. Use these three letters to invent a new animal. Pick three traits from your favorite animal to help create your new animal.

 EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Michael Escoffier, visit:

http://www.smartbooksforsmartkids.com/tag/michael-escoffier/

To learn more about illustrator Kris Di Giacomo, visit:

http://krisdigiacomo.com

Mix It Up!

Mix It Up!”

Mix It Up! is interactive storytelling at its best. Shake the book! Tilt the book!

What happens to the colors of paint?

Tap the paint! Smear the paint! What happens?

Make colors lighter, add white. Make colors darker, add black. Hervé Tullet encourages readers to explore, take risks and express their creativity.

This book promotes creativity, imagination, and discovery.

TITLE: Mix It Up!

AUTHOR: Hervé Tullet

ILLUSTRATOR: Hervé Tullet

PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books, 2014, 1st published in U.S.A.

AGE GROUP: 4-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, imagination, discovery

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Take one paint color and mix with another color. Take two paint colors and mix with another color. Take three paint colors and mix with another color. Then fingerpaint with the colors you’ve made.

2) Use unusual materials to make paint such as jello, food coloring, etc.

3) Add sprinkles of salt to paint. Paint with it. What happens to the salted paint when it dries?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Hervé Tullet, visit:

http://www.herve-tullet.com/en/boite-20/Biography.html

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-authors/article/68593-author-illustrator-herv-tullet-moves-to-the-u-s.html

A Child of Books

“A Child of Books

A Child of Books, a lyrical story written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston inspires readers to create, wonder, imagine and explore.

Opening line: “I am a child of books. I come from a world of stories.”

“We can lose ourselves in forests of fairy tales.”

  

“We will travel over mountains of make-believe.”

The illustrations use text from classic tales to create images of tree branches, mountains and the ocean.

This book promotes imagination and wonder.

TITLE: A Child of Books

AUTHOR: Oliver Jeffers, Sam Winston

ILLUSTRATOR: Oliver Jeffers, Sam Winston

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2016

AGE GROUP: 6-9

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) With permission, cut out words from a magazine or discarded book, use this clipped text to form shapes and images.

2) What is your favorite story? Make a list of your favorite books and share it with your friends.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about Oliver Jeffers, visit:

http://www.oliverjeffers.com

To learn more about Sam Winston, visit:

http://www.samwinston.com/books/

Meow Monday

“Meow Monday

Meow Monday from the Bonnie Bumble series written by Phyllis Root begins with this opening line: One Monday, Bonnie Bumble’s pussy willows all burst into bloom.

The kittens raise such a ruckus the cows won’t give milk and the hens won’t lay eggs. Bonnie pets, brushes and plays with the kittens but nothing works.

Then Bonnie remembers the milkweed. After feeding, they curl up for a catnap. The farm returns to normal. Everything is calm until…

the dogwood blooms.

This book promotes fluency, flexible thinking and imagination.

TITLE: Meow Monday

AUTHOR: Phyllis Root

ILLUSTRATOR: Helen Craig

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2000

AGE GROUP: 4-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: fluency, flexible thinking, imagination

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) From a plant resource book, find plant names that you can use to create a new plant like the author did with her dogwood plant. Sketch your new plant. Name your new plant.

2) What would happen if lions barked and hippos chirped? Imagine what the world would be like if animals changed how they “talked.”

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Phyllis Root, visit:

http://cynthialeitichsmith.blogspot.com/2006/03/author-feature-phyllis-root.html

To learn more about illustrator Helen Craig, visit:

http://sevenstoriescollection.blogspot.com/2014/03/helen-craigs-studio.html

Mr. Putney’s Quacking Dog

“Mr. Putney’s Quacking Dog

In the picture book, Mr. Putney’s Quacking Dog, Mr. Putney has all sorts of unusual friends. Readers guess the animals’ names based on clues in the pictures and text.

Turn the page to discover Mr. Putney’s animal friend.

Turn the page to discover Mr. Putney’s animal friend.

This book promotes creativity, inventiveness and imagination.

TITLE: Mr. Putney’s Quacking Dog

AUTHOR: Jon Agee

ILLUSTRATOR: Jon Agee

PUBLISHER: Michael Di Capua Books, Scholastic, 2010

AGE GROUP: 6-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, inventiveness, imagination

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Invent your own animal riddles like author Jon Agee.

Other animal riddles from the story are

pastry + turtle = tartle and chicken pox + hippo = hippospotamus.

2) Write riddle poetry. Visit:

http://www.poetry4kids.com/news/writing-riddles/

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Jon Agee, visit:

http://www.jonagee.com

Creative Thinking Prompt: Oxymoron

Jumbo shrimp 1998 by Jon Agee author/illustrator

Creative Thinking Prompt: Oxymorons

Oxymorons are figures of speech that put together at least two apparently contradictory terms to form a phrase. The phrase “”I am busy doing nothing” is an oxymoron phrase because busy and nothing have completely opposite meanings.

Make a list of oxymorons. Here are some to get started.

Blind eye

Bad luck

Clearly confused

Deafening silence

Definitely maybe

Random order

Original copy

Run slowly

Creative Thinking Prompt: From your list of oxymorons pick five to illustrate. Really exaggerate features to add humor to your picture.

Think Deeper:  Invent a few of your own oxymorons.

Spare Parts

“Spare Parts

Written and illustrated by daughter and father team, Rebecca Emberley & Ed Emberley, Spare Parts is a fun rhyming story with lots of heart.

Meet Rhoobart, tarnished and tattered. His secondhand heart wouldn’t start. So Rhoobart goes to the Spare Parts Mart to find another heart.

Meet Sweetart, an energetic bit of metal. “You don’t need a new heart. You just need a jump start!”

This book promotes originality, uniqueness and combinology.

TITLE: Spare Parts

AUTHOR: Rebecca Emberley & Ed Emberley

ILLUSTRATOR: Rebecca Emberley & Ed Emberley

PUBLISHER: A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press, 2015

AGE GROUP: 5-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: originality, uniqueness, combinology

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Using things you find around your house (and with your parent or guardian’s permission) assemble a unique character. What does your character like, dislike, dream about, and want? What’s your character’s name?

2) Think of an inanimate object. If it were to have a heart, where would the heart be located? Pick a missing part for your inanimate object. What could be used instead?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about authors/illustrators Rebecca Emberley & Ed Emberley, visit:

http://www.rebeccaemberley.com

http://edemberley.com

Creative Thinking Prompt: Animal Letter Writing

Prairie Dog
Creative Thinking Prompt: Animal Letter Writing

Look around your environment.

What types of animals of might live here?

Choose one animal to study.

Pretend to be that animal.

Write a letter to your best friend who is another animal in a different country.

Explain what is like to live where you live, what do you eat, how do you get food, what’s your home like, who are your “friends,” what’s your favorite thing to do, etc. Include a picture of yourself and your name. You could mail your letter to a friend or a family member and see if they write you back as an animal.