Category Archives: Imagination

everywhere, wonder

“everywhere, wonder

“I have a story to share. It is a gift from me to you.” everywhere, wonder written and illustrated by husband and wife team, Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr share how places visited and things observed become a part of the story that makes up you. Readers travel to the moon, the pyramids, the canyon, a Zen garden and up North.

What do you wonder? What do you notice?

The places and things you see become a part of your story.

Look around you. There are wonders to be found. How are these a part of your story?

This book promotes discovery, imagination, wonder, inspire, and diversity.

TITLE: everywhere, wonder

AUTHOR: Matthew Swanson

ILLUSTRATOR: Robbi Behr

PUBLISHER: Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC, 2017

AGE GROUP: 5-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: discovery, imagination, wonder, inspire, diversity

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) At this very moment, look around you. What do you observe? Use your senses. How can you use what you observed to make it part of the story about you? Share your story.

2) Use your imagination. As you are walking along, you find something truly unique. Describe it. What does it do? What will you do with it?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about this Matthew/author/husband and Robbi/illustrator/wife team, visit: http://robbiandmatthew.com

Creative Thinking Prompt: Surrealism

Creative Thinking Prompt: Surrealism

 Rene Magritte

Surrealism art is an art form that reunites the world of dream and fantasy with everyday reality, a mix of conscious and unconscious realms.

Artist Rene Magritte’s surrealism artwork challenges others, in an unexpected manner, to view his art not as it appears to be, but as it appears not. For Magritte, what is concealed is more important than what is open to view.

This art by Rene Magritte looks like a pipe but its translation is “This is not a pipe.”

Creative Thinking Prompt: If this is not a pipe, what else can it be?

Brainstorm alternate uses for this item. Develop a new name for this “pipe”.

Sidewalk Circus

Sidewalk Circus”

Sidewalk Circus, a wordless book, brings the Garibaldi Circus to town in an unusual way. No one notices these shadowy circus performers at a crowded bus stop except for a pair of children. Tight ropewalking construction workers. A juggling pancake flipping cook. The Flying Trapeze Brothers window washers.

This book promotes imagination, discovery, and flexible thinking.

TITLE: Sidewalk Circus

AUTHOR: Paul Fleischman

ILLUSTRATOR: Kevin Hawkes

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2004

AGE GROUP: 4-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, discovery, flexible thinking

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Make a list of forest animals. How can each animal’s shadow be a circus performer? For example, a duck flying up from the pond is the cannonball act.

2) How might you plan birthday party games as circus acts? Which circus act is your favorite?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Paul Fleischman, visit: http://www.paulfleischman.net/index.htm

To learn more about illustrator Kevin Hawkes, visit:

http://www.kevinhawkes.com/home.htm

The Green Umbrella

The Green Umbrella”

On a rainy day, Elephant went for a walk with his green umbrella. Along the way, he encounters animals that think his umbrella is something else. Hedgehog thinks it’s a boat while Cat thinks it’s a tent. Bear thinks it’s a flying machine. Elephant tells them that they are mistaken. Eventually, Elephant shares his umbrella with his new friends.

This book promotes flexible thinking and imagination.

TITLE: The Green Umbrella

AUTHOR: Jackie Azúa Kramer

ILLUSTRATOR: Maral Sassouni

PUBLISHER: NorthSouth Books Inc., 2017

AGE GROUP: 5-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: flexible thinking, imagination

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Change the color of the green umbrella. Brainstorm a list of other things the umbrella can be.

2) Elephant used his umbrella to protect himself from the rain and the sun. What are some other things that serve the same purpose? Pick one item from that list. What else can that item be used for? 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Jackie Azúa Kramer, visit:

https://www.jackieazuakramer.com

To learn more about illustrator Maral Sassouni, visit:

http://maralsassouni.com

Ed Emberley’s ABC

“Ed Emberley’s ABC

Each letter of the alphabet tells a visual story while demonstrating how to write the letter by using an animal whose name begins with that letter writing the letter using an item which also begins with that letter.

Zebra rides a Zeppelin blimp, stringing lights as he goes to form the letter Z.

In the back of the book, Emberley demonstrates how to write each alphabet letter and lists items to find on each letter page (items start with that specific letter).

This book promotes creativity, imagination, nature and flexible thinking.

TITLE: A Child of Books

AUTHOR: Ed Emberley

ILLUSTRATOR: Ed Emberley

PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company, 1978

AGE GROUP: 4-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, imagination, nature, flexible thinking

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What’s your favorite word? In what ways might you connect each letter to form your word? Remember there is no right or wrong answer. Get creative.

2) Brainstorm a list of animals that start with a letter of the alphabet. Pick one animal from that list. What trait(s) of that animal can be used to show how to write the letter? Sketch it out.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Ed Emberley, visit:

http://www.edemberley.com/pages/main.aspx

Creative Thinking Prompt: Feed Your Imagination

Creative Thinking Prompt: Feed Your Imagination

Imagination is more important than knowledge. – Albert Einstein

How do you feed your imagination? What fills you with wonder?

To get started, answer these questions.

When do you feel inspired?

What inspires you?

Why does ______ inspire you?

Where do you feel inspired?

Who inspires you?

How does _______ inspire you?

Brainstorm ways to spark your imagination and inspire wonder. Pick one thing to do each day.

Here are a few to try.

Take a walk outside.

View something in a way you haven’t looked at it before.

Go to a discovery museum.

Play.

Read a book that has no words.

Daydream.

Look at the stars.

Fingerpaint.

And remember…

take time to fuel your imagination often.

Imogene’s Antlers

“Imogene’s Antlers

An oldie but a goodie, Imogene’s Antlers still delivers a creative, entertaining story after being published 32 years old ago.

Opening line: “On Thursday, when Imogene woke up she found she had grown antlers.”

While family and friends help to rid Imogene of her antlers, Imogene takes a different approach and uses her antlers for other purposes.

Watch for the clever story ending.

This book promotes imagination, wonder and creative problem solving.

TITLE: Imogene’s Antlers

AUTHOR: David Small

ILLUSTRATOR: David Small

PUBLISHER: Crown Publishers, 1985

AGE GROUP: 5-7

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder, creative problem solving

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) When you have finished reading the book, continue Imogene’s story by writing about what happens next.

2) In addition to Imogene’s creative solutions, what else could she use her antlers for? Try to think up at least five more uses.

3) If you were to discover that you woke up with an animal body part, what body part would it be, how would you react, and what could you use that additional part for?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator David Small, visit:

http://www.davidsmallbooks.com

Creative Thinking Prompt: Flower Portrait Art

Creative Thinking Prompt:  Flower Portrait Art

Do as artist Vicki of the Sister Golden Company does, create portraits with nature. Take a walk, collecting nature items such as twigs, petals, acorns, seeds, sand, flowers, leaves, etc. Ask permission before taking and/or cutting flowers. Sketch out your portrait idea. Use a flat surface such as a sidewalk to create your art. When you are done, take a picture and then allow nature to take your art wherever the wind may blow.

To view more flower portrait and nature art, visit:

https://sistergolden.com/collections/flower-art

http://www.boredpanda.com/portraits-from-flowers-twigs-sister-golden/

Creative Thinking Prompt: Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles

Creative Thinking Prompt: Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles

Make your own bubble blowing wands to create unique bubbles.

Materials:  pipecleaners,  low gauge wire

Bend into shapes. Dip into bubble solution. Blow.

What happened? Were your bubbles the shape of your wand? How big or small were your bubbles? How many bubbles can you blow before having to dip your wand back into the solution?

Blow bubbles onto a piece of paper to make bubble art. Color the bubble solution with drops of food coloring.

Write your name using bubble letters. Blow colored bubbles onto your bubble letters.

@www.graffitidiplomacy.com

Think Deeper: Create an image using bubbles to “color” your image. And experiment with ingredients to make your own bubble recipe.

http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/crafts/the-two-best-homemade-soap-bubble-recipes

 

Creative Thinking Prompt: You Are The Storyteller: A Coloring Story

Creative Thinking Prompt:

You Are The Storyteller: A Coloring Story

Collect several different coloring books. With an adult’s permission, tear out pages that spark your interest. Color these pages. Combine different mediums such as markers, colored pencils, and ink. Remember it’s okay to color outside the lines. Next embellish these pages with textured 3D objects such as ribbons, buttons, glitter, etc. Once your pages are complete, organize them in such a way that they tell a story. Tell your story to others. You are the storyteller while your pictures are the visual story.