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Creative Thinking Prompt: Invent Your Own Idioms

“Icing On The Cake”

Icing or frosting makes a cake taste better than it would without the frosting. But what does it mean when you say “That’s icing on the cake”? This expression is an idiom. As an idiom it means something extra good is added to something that is already good.

Idioms are expressions that aren’t understood from the literal meanings of the separate words. Instead when those words are grouped together have a separate meaning of their own. For example:  raining cats and dogs doesn’t mean cats and dogs are falling from rainclouds, it means it is raining heavily. Break a leg doesn’t mean break a leg, it means good luck.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Invent Your Own Idioms

Write alternate meanings for these common idioms.

Joined at the hip

Take breath away

Drop like flies

Knock on wood

Write a new meaning for these made-up idioms.

The Icing on the Doughnut

The Syrup on the Pancake

The Ice on Icicle

Now think up your own idioms and their meanings.

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Red Sings From Treetops


“Red Sings From Treetops”

“In Spring, Red sings from treetops. Red squirms on the road after rain. Green peeks from buds. While sounds like storms.” – Joyce Sidman

Written in beautiful lyrical verse, Red Sings From Treetops, a Caldecott Honor Book, explores nature as colors throughout the span of a year.


Through Joyce Sidman’s vivid sensory language and the gorgeous illustrative work of Pamela Zagarenski, readers’ senses are fully engaged as well as their critical thinking skills.

This story promotes analogical thinking, flexible thinking, imagination, and critical thinking.

TITLE: Red Sings From Treetops, A Year in Colors

AUTHOR: Joyce Sidman

ILLUSTRATOR: Pamela Zagarenski

PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin, 2009


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: analogical thinking, flexible thinking, imagination, critical thinking


1) Look around a room. Notice the colors of things. Pick one color to represent two or three objects in that room. Use action verbs, a few adjectives and a simile or metaphor to describe each object.

For example:

BROWN stands on sturdy legs

and rests its cushioned arms.

Frolicking BROWN chases

bouncing spheres.

What does BROWN represent?

Did you guesss a couch and a dog?

2) What’s another word? Create a list of 5 things in your bedroom. Next to each item, write another word or words for that item. For example: bedspread – a toasted sandwich wrap. Then using those alternate words, create a poem about your room.


To learn more about author Joyce Sidman, visit: http://www.joycesidman.com

To learn more about illustrator Pamela Zagarenski, visit:


Creative Thinking Prompt: Grow Your Creativity


Creative Thinking Prompt: Grow Your Creativity

Pick a plant that you like. It can be an indoor or outdoor plant. Make a sketch of your plant. How is your plant like you? It may seem that you and the plant have nothing in common with each other, but remember your brain is wired to find connections and patterns. It will keep thinking until it finds a connection. So give yourself time to think. Label the different parts of your plant – the leaves, the stem, the roots, maybe the pot it’s in, the buds, and the petals with how these parts are like you.

Think Deeper: Look up the definition of the word creative in a dictionary. Then Google the word creative. What does it mean to be creative? Now apply the meaning of being creative to yourself. How are you creative? Write an acrostic poem about your creativity using the word CREATIVE.