Creative Thinking Prompt: Turning Numbers into Cartoon Art
Pick a category such as robots, fish, trees, cars, breakfast, etc. Next starting with the number one (1), create a cartoon character for each number, 1–5. Make sure your number is “hidden”.
Think Deeper: Combine numbers to create animals.
Visit this webpage for tutorial and inspiration to transform numbers into animals:
Watch these brief videos that easily show how to turn numbers into cartoon birds:
How to turn Numbers 1-5 into the cartoon birds step by step
How to turn Numbers 6-9 into the cartoon birds step by step
In Wonderfall readers discover how a tree changes through the four seasons. Author/illustrator Michael Hall’s creative free-verse poems substitute the word fall for the suffix –ful to show each change. Colorful illustrations depict each new word.
Event + fall = Eventfall
Force + fall = Forcefall
The back of the book provides additional information about the animals featured in the book as well as the relationship between squirrels, acorns, and trees can be found.
This book promotes creative, inventive, combination, different perspective, and originality.
AUTHOR: Michael Hall
ILLUSTRATOR: Michael Hall
PUBLISHER: Harper Collins Children’s Books, 2016
AGE GROUP: 4-6
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative, inventive, combination, different perspective, originality
1) Close your eyes. What do you imagine when you hear the word Fall? Open your eyes and jot down words describing what you imagined. Remember to use your five senses. Write a free verse poem about Fall. A free verse poem does not follow any rhyming patterns or meters.
Here is a website that shows how to write a free verse:
2) Pick 5 words that end with suffix –ful. Change them into –fall words like author Michael Hall did in his story and draw what each word would look like. Example: colorful -> colorfall What does Colorfall look like?
To learn more about author/illustrator Michael Hall, visit:
Creative Thinking Prompt: Out of This World Tasty Galaxy
Ever wondered what a galaxy might taste like? Dessert makers have.
Creative Thinking Prompt: Out of This World Tasty Galaxy
Make a list of 25 different foods. They may not be just desserts. From your list pick five that seem unusual or weird to you. How might you pair a galaxy with those foods? From there, choose one galaxy food. Sketch out what it would look like. List the ingredients and steps it would take to make your food. If you have permission, try making your galaxy food. And don’t forget to name it!
To learn how to make and decorate galaxy cookies, visit:
Creative Thinking Prompt:
You Are The Storyteller: A Coloring Story
Collect several different coloring books. With an adult’s permission, tear out pages that spark your interest. Color these pages. Combine different mediums such as markers, colored pencils, and ink. Remember it’s okay to color outside the lines. Next embellish these pages with textured 3D objects such as ribbons, buttons, glitter, etc. Once your pages are complete, organize them in such a way that they tell a story. Tell your story to others. You are the storyteller while your pictures are the visual story.
Creative Thinking Prompt: Candygories Art Game
I love playing games. As a kid, I refused to read the game rules. Instead I tried to figure out how to play the game on my own. If the game eventually got too easy, I invented my own rules for more challenge. Today, I created Candygories, a combination of the game Scattergories and food art.
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2-6 players, ages 5 and up
- Gather together a mix of assorted candy, marshmallows, pretzels, chocolate chips, assorted cereals, and assorted different sized crackers. If you’d like, you can add other food.
- a timer or something that can track 2 minutes
- paper and pencils
- a list of categories
HOW TO PLAY:
- As a group, make a list of 15 categories such as zoo animals, ways to get to school, pets, things that grow, etc. Write categories on separate slips of paper and fold up. Put these slips into a hat or bowl.
- Place the assorted food in the center of the circle where everyone can reach it.
- Choose who will go first. The first player picks a category from the hat, reads it out loud and then starts the timer for two minutes (or if you want to extend the time, you can).
- Each player will create an object from the chosen category using the food supply.
- When time is up, write down what you think each player created. Then each player takes a turn with their guesses. A point is given for each correct guess to the player whose creation was guessed correctly.
- Take turns by going around the circle. When it is the next player’s turn, s/he will select a new category from the hat.
- The player who gets to 15 first wins.
Creative Thinking Prompt: Installation Artist Chiharu Shiota
Photo credit: Sunhi Mang
Artist Chiharu Shiota uses yarn and repurposed materials to create powerful, provoking art.
The Key in the Hand 2015 at the 56th Venice Biennale
Chiharu Shiota suspends over 50,000 keys collected from world-wide donors with weaved yarn over a wooden boat. The keys represent feelings and memories while the red yarn represents lines of memory and how they relate to one another.
Creative Thinking Prompt: In what ways might you use a key besides opening a door? Brainstorm a list of possibilities of what you can do with a key. What else can a key represent? How might you incorporate keys into an art project?
To learn more about Chiharu Shiota and her work, visit:
Infinity Lines 2017 at Savannah College of Art and Design
Written and illustrated by daughter and father team, Rebecca Emberley & Ed Emberley, Spare Parts is a fun rhyming story with lots of heart.
Meet Rhoobart, tarnished and tattered. His secondhand heart wouldn’t start. So Rhoobart goes to the Spare Parts Mart to find another heart.
Meet Sweetart, an energetic bit of metal. “You don’t need a new heart. You just need a jump start!”
This book promotes originality, uniqueness and combinology.
TITLE: Spare Parts
AUTHOR: Rebecca Emberley & Ed Emberley
ILLUSTRATOR: Rebecca Emberley & Ed Emberley
PUBLISHER: A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press, 2015
AGE GROUP: 5-8
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: originality, uniqueness, combinology
1) Using things you find around your house (and with your parent or guardian’s permission) assemble a unique character. What does your character like, dislike, dream about, and want? What’s your character’s name?
2) Think of an inanimate object. If it were to have a heart, where would the heart be located? Pick a missing part for your inanimate object. What could be used instead?
To learn more about authors/illustrators Rebecca Emberley & Ed Emberley, visit:
Photo: Nicole Dextras
Creative Thinking Prompt: Environmental Fashion Art
Creative thinkers think in a different way. They see the world in a different way. They use materials in ways that they aren’t intended. An environmental artist uses natural items to create works of art. What if you were an environmental artist, how might you use natural materials such as leaves and flowers to create fashion? Design an article of clothing for yourself, a doll, a fairy or gnome using botanical materials.
To learn and see more of Nicole Dextras’s botanical wearables and her Weedrobes, visit:
Think Deeper: How do you express your individuality through fashion?