An oldie but a goodie, Imogene’s Antlers still delivers a creative, entertaining story after being published 32 years old ago.
Opening line: “On Thursday, when Imogene woke up she found she had grown antlers.”
While family and friends help to rid Imogene of her antlers, Imogene takes a different approach and uses her antlers for other purposes.
Watch for the clever story ending.
This book promotes imagination, wonder and creative problem solving.
TITLE: Imogene’s Antlers
AUTHOR: David Small
ILLUSTRATOR: David Small
PUBLISHER: Crown Publishers, 1985
AGE GROUP: 5-7
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder, creative problem solving
1) When you have finished reading the book, continue Imogene’s story by writing about what happens next.
2) In addition to Imogene’s creative solutions, what else could she use her antlers for? Try to think up at least five more uses.
3) If you were to discover that you woke up with an animal body part, what body part would it be, how would you react, and what could you use that additional part for?
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“Beard In A Box”
In Beard In A Box written and illustrated by Bill Cotter, a young boy wants to be just like his dad. He determines that Dad gets his awesomeness from his beard.
He needs a beard, too.
He follows the 5 step program: picks a style, plants seeds, waters, does face exercises and then… Step 5: Wait 10-15 years. UGH!!
Then things get worse when his dad shaves off his beard. Double UGH!!
In the end, Dad shows his son how to be awesome.
This book promotes imagination, humor and creativity.
TITLE: Beard In A Box
AUTHOR: Bill Cotter
ILLUSTRATOR: Bill Cotter
PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016
AGE GROUP: 5-7
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, humor, imagination
1) Design a new beard style.
2) Brainstorm a list of words that you associate with awesomeness. From your list, pick one word to describe your dad and one word to describe you. Combine these two words to invent a new word. Use this new word to write an acrostic poem about your relationship with your dad. (You can also use this exercise with others that you love even your pet.)
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Creative Thinking Prompt: Sand Castles
Whether you go to the beach or play in the sand at your local park, get ready to be inspired by these sand castles.
Creative Thinking Prompt: Design a sand castle that serves a purpose. Who would live in your sand castle? How is your castle protected? What rooms does your castle need? Where would your castle be built? Why is your castle being built? How will your castle stay intact? Give your castle a name. Sketch your castle. Then build it!