Creative Thinking Prompt: Invent your own font. Use this font to create an ambigram with your name.
Font is a design for a set of characters such as the alphabet using different sizes, italic, and bold. Typeface defines the shape of each character like when we use Arial and Comic Sans to add personality to our letters.
An ambigram is a word that is able to be interpreted from a different direction or perspective. Often used in graphic design, ambigrams play with optical illusions, symmetry and visual perception that include rotational, reflective, and 3-dimensional. A popular ambigram is when flipped horizontally or vertically, it still means the same.
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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.
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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!
Creative Thinking Prompt: I See You
First, brainstorm different ways that “I see you” can be interpreted.
Select from your list a few ways and combine them. Play around with these combinations. Have fun!
Which combination is most unusual? Which one creates emotion or an “aha” moment? Which one is “boring”? Which one has humor? Can a trait from one be substituted for a trait in another combination? Has you seen this done before? If so, how can you make it original?
Add details to your combination. Extend it.
These are some of my thoughts and where they led as I went through the creative process.
A) eyeball art; play on words I Sea You-> an image of the ocean in the iris of an eye
B) graffiti art; font; text message ICU -> could mean an emergency room or combine with graffiti art to create images within the letters of ICU to create meaning for I See You
C) body movement; sign language -> through a telescope or binoculars is an image of you in the sea
Creative Thinking Prompt: How many ways can you create meaning for “I See You”?
Creative Thinking Prompt: Wizard of Oz
Create an alternate storyline for Dorothy and the Wizard.
Pretend you are Dorothy and you are traveling the yellow brick road to see the wizard. The road isn’t yellow, it’s ______ (color) and it’s made of ________. Why do you need to see the Wizard? As you travel you come across four travelers: ___________, ______________, ____________, and _________ who also need to see the Wizard. Why do they need to see the Wizard? When you meet the Wizard, what does she/he look like? What power does the Wizard have to grant your wish? Will your wish be granted? If not, what happens next? If yes, what happens next?
What if Dorothy and the Wizard switch places and the Wizard visits Dorothy because she has the power to grant wishes?
Creative Thinking Prompt: Paper Fish
While thinking about a new story character, I surfed the web looking at images of paper fish. While creating fish from paper isn’t a new concept, I wanted to see what others had done and how that might inspire me.
I discovered Easy Peasy and Fun’s website and The Crafty Mom at YouTube. Using their easy tutorials, I made two fish creations.
A shark bookmark that looks like he is eating the corner of my book.
An accordion fish that looks like it moves.
Use the examples above to inspire your own unique fish creations. What types of fish can you create from paper and glue? Make your fish into storybook characters. Make a paper aquarium for your fish.
“What A Line Can Become”
Andrew Drew and Drew
Andrew was a doodle boy. As readers follow Andrew’s doodle line by lifting page flaps, they discover how Andrew’s imagination transforms a line into a doodle.
Andrew Drew and Drew celebrates the discovery of imagination, allowing the process of creativity to unfold.
This book promotes creativity, imagination, discovery and the creative process.
TITLE: Andrew Drew and Drew
AUTHOR: Barney Saltzberg
ILLUSTRATOR: Barney Saltzberg
PUBLISHER: Abrams Appleseed, 2012
AGE GROUP: 4-8
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, imagination, discovery, creative process
1) Make your mind a blank slate. Don’t think about anything. When your mind is clear, pick up a pencil and begin to move your hand in any direction on a blank piece of paper for one minute. Then from your line doodle, pick a section of your line. On a clean sheet of paper, using your chosen line segment, start a new doodle. Spend only a minute or two on your doodle, transforming this doodle into a picture.
Here is my doodle line (the curly one) that I made into a picture.
A bird air surfing through the spray of rollicking ocean waves.
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