I’m my own dog. No one owns me. I play fetch by myself. I roll over when I want to. I sit on my own.
But there’s this one spot on my back that I can’t scratch. I let this man scratch it and he followed me home.
Between you and me, I’m his best friend.
This book promotes humor and different perspective.
TITLE: I’m My Own Dog
AUTHOR: David Ezra Stein
ILLUSTRATOR: David Ezra Stein
PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2014
AGE GROUP: 5-7
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, different perspective
1) Role-reversal. Pretend you are your mom or dad and she or he is you. Act out what takes place in the morning as each of you get ready for the day.
2) Make up a joke that a cat would tell another cat about a dog. Then invent a cat joke that a dog would tell another dog.
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Creative Thinking Prompt: Wizard of Oz
Create an alternate storyline for Dorothy and the Wizard.
Pretend you are Dorothy and you are traveling the yellow brick road to see the wizard. The road isn’t yellow, it’s ______ (color) and it’s made of ________. Why do you need to see the Wizard? As you travel you come across four travelers: ___________, ______________, ____________, and _________ who also need to see the Wizard. Why do they need to see the Wizard? When you meet the Wizard, what does she/he look like? What power does the Wizard have to grant your wish? Will your wish be granted? If not, what happens next? If yes, what happens next?
What if Dorothy and the Wizard switch places and the Wizard visits Dorothy because she has the power to grant wishes?
Creative Thinking Prompt: Look At It Another Way
Look at your surroundings in new ways to gain fresh perspectives.
What would it be like if you…
- Stand on top of your head so you are looking at the world-upside down.
- Wear a pair of color-tinted glasses.
- Use a magnifying to look at something up close and something far away.
- Pretend you are a tiny insect, looking upwards.
- Pretend you are an eagle flying through the sky, surveying the ground below.
- Pretend you are a new student at your school.
- Pretend you are an alien and just landed on Earth.
- Pretend you are traveling to a country where you don’t understand the language.
- Pretend you are the principal of your school.
- Pretend to switch bodies with your best friend.
- Pretend to be a spoke in your bike’s tire or a wheel on your skateboard.
- Pretend to be the ball in a kickball, baseball, soccer or tennis game.
Think Deeper: Choose one of #4 – #12 perspectives. Imagine that perspective from a 360 degree perspective. Write a short story or poem or letter to a friend based on that perspective.
Creative Thinking Prompt: Tree Speak
What does this tree have to say?
Before answering this question, read the picture. What do you observe about the photo?
What do you notice about the tree? Height? Type of leaves? Healthy?
What kind of personality would this tree have?
Now write about what this tree would say.
Think Deeper: Write a joke about these one-sided trees.
What does one one-sided tree say to another one-sided tree?
Leaf me alone.
“Create & Design Play Spaces”
Creating Clever Castles & Cars
Have you ever been at a child’s birthday party and the child opens the present only to be more interested in the box it was wrapped in rather than the present? For young children, boxes offer unlimited opportunities to use their imaginations. In Creating Clever Castles & Cars, author Mari Rutz Mitchell lays out simple design plans for kids to create their own play spaces using cardboard boxes from castles to animal habitats to things on the go. Step by step directions and decorating suggestions are given for each play space as well as supply lists. Adults may need to help with cutting and gluing depending on the challenge level of 1, 2 or 3. An additional book feature titled “Little Hands Story Corner” offers picture book recommendations (both fiction and nonfiction) for kids to learn more about the subject of the different play spaces. This book promotes creativity, imagination, role-playing and flexible thinking.
TITLE: Creating Clever Castles & Cars
AUTHOR: Mari Rutz Mitchell
ILLUSTRATOR: Michael Kline
PUBLISHER: Williamson Books, 2006
AGE GROUP: 3-7
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, imagination, flexible thinking, role-playing
1) Using your imagination, sketch what else might a cardboard box be converted into.
2) If you have the space or perhaps set up outside, create a town using cardboard boxes.
The Couch Was A Castle
Using their imaginations, two friends go on many adventures by converting the family couch into a castle, a pirate ship, a cave, and a horse. This book promotes creativity, imagination and role-playing.
TITLE: The Couch Was A Castle
AUTHOR: Ruth Ohi
ILLUSTRATOR: Ruth Ohi
PUBLISHER: Annick Press, 2006
AGE GROUP: 3-7
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, imagination, role-playing
1) Brainstorm what else a couch can be or can be used for.
2) Play a game of charades, using a blanket and two pillows as props.
To learn more about author/illustrator Ruth Ohi, visit: http://www.ruthohi.com