Category Archives: Wonder

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.

O Continue reading Creative Thinking Prompt: Create Mandala Art

Creative Thinking Prompt: Napkin Folding Art

Creative Thinking Prompt: Napkin Folding Art

napkinartgriffinjoansallas

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

Creative Thinking Prompt: I Wonder

questionmark

Creative Thinking Prompt: I Wonder

Today these are the things I wonder about:

I wonder…

why pickles taste sour

how high butterflies soar

how many grass blades are in my yard

do worms feel coldness

why do I like milk chocolate sometimes and other times I only eat dark chocolate

how does my phone know how to spell words better than me

who said 1+1=2

what if my bike had three wheels parallel to each other, would I ride safer

why does peanut butter and jelly taste good to some people and not others

what would it be like to be Benjamin Franklin’s apprentice

why do we grin when we feel happy and frown when we are sad

how our brains store our memories and why I can’t remember certain things like geometry

what would happen if I mixed dirt, sand and paint together

why I can’t run as fast as a cheetah

if I lived in an alternate universe would I have a superpower

What do you wonder?

Create your own I wonder list. Think up as many wonders as you can in 15 minutes. Then pick one wonder and discover the answer using your imagination and different resources such as experts and books.

Think Deeper: In a month or two or even three, create another list. Did you have any new wonders? Did you find any answers to your original I wonder list?

How Does Your Garden Grow?

mygardencover

My Garden”

A daughter helps her mother tend her garden and wonders what she would grow in her own garden. She imagines chocolate bunnies, seashells, buttons,

mygardenp4

ever-blooming patterned flowers,

mygardenp2

a jellybean bush…and definitely no carrots. What would you grow in your garden?

This story promotes imagination and wonder.

TITLE: My Garden

AUTHOR: Kevin Henkes

ILLUSTRATOR: Kevin Henkes

PUBLISHER: Greenwillow Books, 2010

AGE GROUP: 4-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Imagine a garden where anything (fictional or real) could grow, what would you grow in your garden? Sketch your garden with at least 5-7 plants that you would grow. Give a name to your garden.

2) When it is said that someone has a green thumb, it means that person is really good at growing plants. What if that saying was changed? What could that mean? Invent a definition for having a yellow ring finger.

3) Create a new vegetable or fruit by combining two or three vegetables or fruits. What would it taste like, look like, feel like, smell like? What would it be used for? For example: jalapeno + carrot = spicy hot brown carrot that can be eaten as a snack and used in salads and salsas for an extra spicy crunch

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Kevin Henkes, visit:

http://www.kevinhenkes.com

Making Origami Science Experiments

origamiscience

Use origami (paper folding) to perform scientific experiments and test hypotheses. From a dish soap racing boat to a table kite to a fan, readers practice origami folds to test science concepts such as surface tension, water molecules, air resistance, gravity and mass.

origamisciencepage

This story promotes creative problem solving, wonder, discovery and combination.

TITLE: Making Origami Science Experiments Step by Step

AUTHOR: Michael G. LaFosse

ILLUSTRATOR: Michael G. LaFosse

PUBLISHER: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc., 2004

AGE GROUP: 6-9

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative problem solving, wonder, discovery, combination.

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) A hypothesis is a guess. Develop a hypothesis that you’d like to test. Then design an experiment to prove or disprove your hypothesis. After you’ve completed your experiment, what new questions do you have? Will you create a new hypothesis?

2) Fold a piece of paper. Smaller and smaller… How many times can you fold the paper? Could this folding go on indefinitely or will it stop?

3) To create origami art, visit this link: http://www.origami-instructions.com

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Michael G. LaFosse, visit: http://www.origamido.com

Creative Thinking Prompt: A World Inside A Tree

Creative Thinking Prompt: A World Inside A Tree

tree_PNG3498-2

Draw a world that exists inside a tree. Imagine what that world would look like. What type of tree does your world exist in? Who lives there? What do they do? What do they look like? How do they co-exist with themselves and the tree? What would happen if they left the tree to explore? Sketch out this tree world. Name your world and its inhabitants.