Creative Thinking Prompt: Egg-cellent Treasure

Creative Thinking Prompt: Egg-cellent Treasure Map


Design a treasure map for younger children to find an egg-cellent basket of goodies. 

Design a Treasure Map

 1. Survey the area where the egg hunt will be. You could use your backyard.

 2. Make a list of landmarks.

 3. Make a list of possible hiding spots. Choose one to hide the basket of goodies.

 4. For each landmark, write a riddle as a clue. Hide the clue inside a plastic egg. Solving the clue leads to the next location.

 5. Create a key for your map. Often maps use symbols to represent things. The mapkey explains what they mean.

 6. Hide your clues and basket.

 7. Give your map to the treasure hunter.

Happy Treasure Hunting! 



Over 50 years old and a Caldecott Honor book, Frederick is a beautiful, classic story. Frederick sits on the old stonewall while his brothers gather food for the winter.

“Why don’t you work, Frederick?”

“I do work. I gather sun rays for the cold dark winter days.”

While the mice continue to collect, Frederick gathers words and colors.

During winter’s long cold days, supplies become depleted. Frederick keeps his brothers warm and happy with his colors and words. Frederick is a poet.

This book promotes imagination, wonder and perspective.

TITLE: Frederick

AUTHOR: Leo Lionni


PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf, 1967


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder, perspective


1) Which colors remind you of each season (spring, fall, winter and summer)? Using those colors, create an expressive art picture that expresses the feeling of one of the seasons.

Here is an example of expressive art.

2) Gather colors for a rainy like Frederick did in the story. Write a poem about your rainy day.

3) Design a card for a friend using the illustrative style of Leo Lionni. 


To learn more about author/illustrator Leo Lionni, visit:

Creative Thinking Prompt: Scientific Artist Paul Friedlander

Creative Thinking Prompt: Scientific Artist Paul Friedlander

Pairing his two university degrees, one in physics and one in fine arts, Paul Friedlander, a kinetic light artist, creates sculptures from bands of light waves. He explores visible waves that have expressive power, a music of light as he calls it.

Listen to Paul speak about his process in this short Youtube video:

 Creative Thinking Prompt: How might you create a light sculpture using flashlights or other materials of your choice?


To learn more about Paul Friedlander and view his gallery, visit:

To view more of his light sculptures, visit: