After unpacking her things, a girl sits in her new bedroom, listening to the neighborhood kids play outside. She picks at a corner of peeling wallpaper and discovers…
When the girl notices the monster is sad and lonely, she says hello. They play until her tummy rumbles for lunch. After lunch, she hears the kids playing and waves to them.
This book promotes imagination, courage, and creative problem solving.
AUTHOR: Thao Lam
ILLUSTRATOR: Thao Lam
PUBLISHER: Owlkids Books, 2018
AGE GROUP: 4-6
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, courage, creative problem solving
1) If you peeled away wallpaper, what worlds might you find?
2) What can you do to welcome a new student to your school?
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Creative Thinking Prompt: What Else Can An Ice Cube Tray Be?
Here is a plain, boring ice cube tray. Let’s change it into something else.
What else can you use it for?
Brainstorm a list of ways an ice cube tray could be used.
Here are a few to get you started: storing buttons, sorting items, make edible treats with “hidden” frozen treasures inside them, a water collector, a part for a new invention
There’s a shark floating in my drink! If you could change an ice cube’s shape, what shape would it be? What would you use it for?
How could you use this tray of ice cubes to teach someone about the United States?
Pretend you are planning a birthday party for a worm, how else could an ice cube tray used?
Write a short story, using an ice cube as the main character. Besides melting, what else could your ice cube main character’s problem?
Have a cool day!
A crime has happened! Each time the thief commits another crime, the stolen item gets replaced with a rhyming item.
This fun caper introduces young readers into the world of rhyme.
But what happens when the thief comes across a word that doesn’t rhyme with another word? Will the thief get caught?
This book promotes imagination, creativity and humor.
TITLE: Rhyme Crime
AUTHOR: Jon Burgerman
ILLUSTRATOR: Jon Burgerman
PUBLISHER: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2018
AGE GROUP: 4-7
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, creativity, humor
1) Create two scenes that could be added to this story. Create a character that wears a coat. Think of words that rhyme with coat. Choose one of the words to replace coat. Draw the new scene with your new word.
2) Make a list of things that you might find in a school backpack. Next to each word, write a rhyming word. Give your list of rhyming words to a partner and have him or her guess what the original item was.
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