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Creative Thinking Prompt: Create a Rainbow

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create a Rainbow

Spring is here! As the old saying goes April showers bring May flowers. And with those showers come rainbows.

Water droplets act as a prism through which the sun’s ray travels. Each ray of contains the colors of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. A ray travels in a straight line. When the ray hits the water drop, the light waves refract, separating and bending into different color wavelengths to display a rainbow.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create a Rainbow

First, think about what can cause light to bend. Make a list. Here are a few to get you started.

  • Spilled oil
  • Blowing bubbles
  • Diamond ring

Second, think about what materials you could use to experiment with to create a rainbow.

Third, gather materials and try creating that rainbow.

Fourth, what steps are needed for your experiment?

Fifth, conduct your experiment.

Sixth, which materials were more successful at creating a rainbow? Which materials were not successful? Why do you think those materials were and were not successful?

Seventh, if you were to do this experiment again what might you do differently?

Think Deeper:

Use your imagination to create a rainbow from other unusual materials such as this fudge recipe.

Rainbow Fudge Recipe: https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/rainbow-fudge/a06a2a11-1b56-4861-a9f0-546f4730ddd2

Make a list of all the wonders you have about a rainbow. For example, I wonder if rainbows can form a circle.  Go to the library or ask a science teacher to find out answers to your wonder questions.

Extending Connections:

To learn more about rainbow formation and light refraction, visit: http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/refrn/Lesson-4/Rainbow-Formation

Polo and the Dragon

“Polo and the Dragon

In Polo and the Dragon, a wordless picture book, Polo the dog, dresses for adventure, climbs into his boat, and sets sail. Snow blankets his boat and the water freezes. Stuck!

Inside a treasure chest, Polo finds a magical quill and draws a door. He opens the door into a forest where he finds a cave with dinner waiting. Dragon’s dinner.

Polo races back through the door. Uh-oh! Dragon finds the door.

What will Dragon do? Will Polo find his way home?

To find out what happens, read the book.

This book promotes imagination and creative problem solving.

TITLE: Polo and the Dragon

AUTHOR: Regis Faller

ILLUSTRATOR: Regis Faller

PUBLISHER: Roaring Brook Press, 2003

AGE GROUP: 4-7

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, creative problem solving

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What is your favorite animal? Pretend you are that animal. What would you do if you met a dragon? Draw a dragon.

2) What characteristics does your dragon have such as eye(s), fire breathing or not, tail – spiked, scales – color, shimmery, etc.

3) Fold an 8”x11” blank paper into quarters. Tell a wordless story using only those four boxes. 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Regis Faller, visit:

http://www.chezpolo.com

This website is in French so you will need to use Google Translator.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Colorforms® – A Timeless Toy

Creative Thinking Prompt: Colorforms® – A Timeless Toy

Since the 1950s, Colorforms® has been inspiring the imaginations of children. Back in 1951, two art students, Harry and Patricia Kislevitz, experimented with a new medium, a flexible vinyl material to use instead of paint. They bought rolls of colorful vinyl, cut out geometric shapes and stuck them to the walls of their bathroom. When guests came over to visit, they added to the Harry and Patricia’s bathroom art creation.

To learn more about Colorforms®, visit:

http://www.colorforms.com/history/

http://www.colorforms.com/videos/

The Invention Process

Step 1: Choose a problem

Step 2: Brainstorm solutions

Step 3: Background research

Step 4: Design and build

Step 5: Test and revise

Creative Thinking Prompt: Using the invention process, invent a new imagination game. After you design and build, have others play your game. What did they like about it? What did they think could be improved? Go back to the drawing board and revise your game again and again, trying out new ideas. What steps and risks did you take to invent something new? Good for you! Pat yourself on the back for persisting and trying something new!