Creative Thinking Prompt: Create Original Stories Using Why
Why do snakes slither?
Why does a cow “moo?”
Why don’t humans have eyes in the back of their heads?
Why does the sun greet the day and the moon greet the night?
Why does it snow only where it’s cold?
Right away, our minds search for a logical answer to these questions based on the knowledge we already know. For the moment, put that aside. Pick two questions. For each one, use your imagination to develop a mini-story as to why these things happened. The stories can be farfetched like a Tall Tale if you’d like.
Think Deeper: Make up your own why questions and share with a friend.
Flora’s family loves to garden.
Everyone is busy planting seeds, except Flora who plants a brick.
Cora’s tulips bloom, Sam’s lettuce grows, and Max’s sprouts sprout but Flora’s brick doesn’t grow.
The seasons change, spring is back and Flora’s brick has finally grown into a house.
This book promotes imagination and wonder.
TITLE: Flora’s Surprise
AUTHOR: Debi Gliori
ILLUSTRATOR: Debi Gliori
PUBLISHER: Orchard Books, 2002
AGE GROUP: 4-6
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder
1) Besides plants, what else can you grow in a pot?
2) What else can a brick “grow into”? Brainstorm a list of 20 different items.
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Creative Thinking Prompt: A Stone’s Story
Upside-down trees swingin’ free,
Busses float and buildings dangle:
Now and then it’s nice to see
The world from a different angle.
-By Shel Silverstein
This poem had me imaging an upside-down world. I wondered what the trees would be reaching for and what forces kept the heavy busses and building dangle. It’s important to take a step back and look at things from a different perspective, like from the viewpoint of something or someone else and image “what if.”
First, look at the pictures below, what does each stone remind you of?
Second, use your imagination to imagine what special powers each stone has.
Third, pick one of the stones and answer the questions next to its picture.
If you were this stone, how might you see the world? How does it feel to be cut in half? How might that affect how you see the world?
What makes up the inside of this stone? Use this to tell its personal story.
Where might this stone live – another planet, deep in a volcano or ocean, etc.? What might you name this stone and why?
What quest did you as this stone take? Tell about your journey.
THINKING DEEPER: Research a stone of your choice. Use this information to write a creative nonfiction story about your stone.