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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: 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: Sand Castles

Creative Thinking Prompt: Sand Castles

Whether you go to the beach or play in the sand at your local park, get ready to be inspired by these sand castles.

      

http://www.mostbeautifulthings.net/best-sand-castles/

 Image: thecreatorsproject.vice.com

 Image: www.babble.com

http://list25.com/25-of-the-most-amazing-sand-castles-ever-built/5/

Creative Thinking Prompt: Design a sand castle that serves a purpose. Who would live in your sand castle? How is your castle protected? What rooms does your castle need? Where would your castle be built? Why is your castle being built? How will your castle stay intact? Give your castle a name. Sketch your castle. Then build it!

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/

Creative Thinking Prompt: I Wonder Notebook

Creative Thinking Prompt: I Wonder Notebook

Do you ever wonder? I certainly do. Poet Pablo Neruda writes about unanswerable wonders in his book, THE BOOK OF QUESTIONS (written for adults).

“From where does the thundercloud come with its black sacks of tears?

How many questions does a cat have?

Does smoke talk with the clouds?

Why do trees conceal the splendor of their roots?”

This book inspired me to create a notebook (I’m a big fan of notebooks) and title it, My Wonders.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Make A Wonder Notebook

Brainstorm a list of 100 questions that you wonder about. These questions can be answerable or unanswerable.

Decorate and personalize your notebook. To begin your notebook, brainstorm 100 questions of things you wonder about. Write these questions in your notebook. You can include sketches if you want.

Think Deeper: Look at the above wonders of Pablo Neruda and use your imagination to invent answers.

To learn more about Pablo Neruda, visit:

https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1971/neruda-bio.html

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/pablo-neruda

Picture book author Monica Brown wrote PABLO NERUDA: POET OF THE PEOPLE

Creative Thinking Prompt: Paper Fish

Creative Thinking Prompt: Paper Fish

While thinking about a new story character, I surfed the web looking at images of paper fish. While creating fish from paper isn’t a new concept, I wanted to see what others had done and how that might inspire me.

I discovered Easy Peasy and Fun’s website and The Crafty Mom at YouTube. Using their easy tutorials, I made two fish creations.

A shark bookmark that looks like he is eating the corner of my book.

         

www.easypeasyandfun.com/shark-corner-bookmark

An accordion fish that looks like it moves.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-l0tT9PVadQ

Use the examples above to inspire your own unique fish creations. What types of fish can you create from paper and glue? Make your fish into storybook characters. Make a paper aquarium for your fish.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create Mandala Art

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create Mandala Art

Creating a mandala can be a form of meditation and relaxation while getting your creativity on. They can be as simple or as elaborate as you want. They are made using different types of materials from paper and pens to crystals, stone, reused materials, etc. A mandala can be singular or many grouped together as one like the photo below of Suzan Drummen’s mandala.

©Suzan Drummen

Netherland artist Suzan Drummen uses crystals, mirrors and precious stones to make her mandalas. She relies on her sense of space and the light to build her patterns to create her art.

To see more images of Suzan Drummen’s mandalas, visit:

http://www.awesomeinventions.com/suzan-drummen-creates-beautiful-jeweled-mandala-art/

To learn more about Mandala artist Suzan Drummen, visit:

http://www.suzandrummen.nl

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create a Mandala Using Geometric Shapes

Materials Needed:  pencil, marker, protractor, compass, paper

Decide what shapes you would like to use. You can add designs to your shapes as you create your mandala.

Follow these steps at https://www.art-is-fun.com/how-to-draw-a-mandala to make your own mandala and to download free mandala coloring pages.

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Creative Thinking Prompt: Napkin Folding Art

Creative Thinking Prompt: Napkin Folding Art

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What can you create with a napkin? Folding artist Joan Sallas recreates history through his napkin folding art. His sculptures feature griffins, snakes, turkeys, turtles, horses and much more. Each sculpture design is based on his research about the banqueting tables of Renaissance Europe. A true creative, he craves the discovery of creating new folds.

To view Joan Sallas napkin art, watch Joan Sallas: Folded Beauty Masterpieces in Linen at Waddesdon:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlIS0UMhI6I

So as you set your dinner table, create some art and flair with napkin folding.

To learn more about Joan Sallas and his work, visit:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/08/12/431271509/unfolding-the-history-of-napkin-art

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/06/joan-sallas-napkin-folder_n_2625924.html