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Creative Thinking Prompt: What else can one toilet paper tube be used for?

toiletpapertubeWhat else can one toilet paper tube be used for?

When you brainstorm, write down all your ideas as they come to you. Do not analyze them. This is not the time for that because you want to think up the most original, creative idea you can. The more ideas you have, the more unusual your ideas become. Eventually, you run out of ideas. Don’t stop. Push yourself to think of at least five more ideas because at this point unique ideas originate.

Think Deeper:  What if toilet paper tubes were square? What if they came in different colors? What if you had a pile of toilet paper tubes, what could it be used for?

To see other examples of how toilet paper tubes can be used, visit my Pinterest Board – Art for Kids at https://www.pinterest.com/annkelleywriter/art-for-kids/

LOST: My Socks FOUND: Sock Crafts


What do you do when the dryer eats your socks and you are left with no matching pairs? Create something new!

In the craft book, Sock Crafts, written by Jeri Dayle, the author demonstrates step-by-step a variety of easy to make crafts using socks. Readers use their imaginations and hands-on thinking to create sock crafts. This book promotes imaginative and flexible thinking.

TITLE: Sock Crafts

AUTHOR: Jeri Dayle


PUBLISHER: A Random House Pictureback Book, 1999


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: flexibility, imagination, inventive


1) Before making any of the crafts in this book, first ask children to think of other ways a sock can be used. Compare the idea list to the crafts listed in the book to see if any of the child’s ideas match the author’s. Then create one or more of the crafts.

2) Spread out supplies on a table – socks, craft glue, rubber bands, pompoms, glitter glue, scissors and stuffing material to fill the sock like beans, rice, cotton balls. Let children use their imaginations to create a sock craft of their own design.

3) Create a sock buddy. Fill the sock about ½ full with rice. Close it by wrapping a rubber band around it. Cut the remaining top sock into strips for hair. To make a face, draw it on with markers or add googly eyes. Don’t forget to name your new buddy.

4) Make sock puppets and put on a show.

Here is my sock buddy created by a student for me.  I keep her close by when I am writing.writingsockbuddy


To learn more about the author Jeri Dayle, visit: http://www.amazon.com/Jeri-Dayle/e/B001HPUO58

Not A Stick Promotes Creative Thinking in Children


Not A Stick written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis, tells the story of a pig who imagines new uses for a stick. The minimalist illustrations engage children’s imaginations and prompt discovery of the hidden stick within each picture. Readers can use their imaginations to discover how else a stick can be used. This picture book promotes imaginative and flexible thinking.

TITLE: Not A Stick

AUTHOR: Antoinette Portis

ILLUSTRATOR: Antoinette Portis

PUBLISHER: HarperCollinsPublishers, 2008

AGE GROUP: preschool-elementary

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: flexibility, imagination, inventive

A major tenet of creativity is flexible thinking. One aspect of flexible thinking is being able to look at something and see how it can be used in a manner other than it was originally designed.  Ask the question – What else can this do?


1) Ask children to think of other ways a stick can be used. Children can illustrate their ideas to add to the book ending.

2) As a group or individually, have children create their own flexible thinking book. Ask what other things can we think of that would have different uses – popsicle sticks, pencils, twist ties, forks, etc. Then, each child develops a list of alternate uses for the item they chose and illustrates them.


To learn more about Antoinette Portis, visit: www.antoinetteportis.com