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Creative Thinking Prompt: Design A Frozen City or Ice Sculpture

Creative Thinking Prompt: Design A Frozen City or Ice Sculpture

http://www.harbinice.com

For the past 33 years, Harbin, the capital of China’s Heilongjiang province, hosts the annual Harbin International Ice Snow Sculpture Festival, now the largest ice and snow festival in the world. With subzero temperatures, exhibits of ice sculptures created mostly from ice blocks cut from the Songhua River are displayed across multiple locations. One 2018 exhibit stood almost as tall as Paris’ L’Arc de Triomphe. Multi-colored lights give color to ice while deionized water is used to give ice perfect clarity.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Design a Frozen City or Sculpture

  1. Think about ways on how to make ice cubes stick together.
  2. Design your city layout or your sculpture.
  3. Gather Materials:
  • Ice cubes (different sizes and shapes)
  • Food coloring – to create different colored ice cubes
  • Jello – use gelatin to create different colored cubes instead of food coloring and/or use jello as building material
  • Water
  • Cookie sheet to build your city or sculpture upon
  • Multi-colored lights to light up your work
  • Any other materials that will make your creation unique

*Note: When ice begins to melt, you may need to refreeze. Once solid again, begin working on your creation. 

Think Deeper:  Experiment with crushed fruit ice cubes to make an edible ice sculpture.

For a how-to on making colored ice cubes, visit: https://www.wikihow.com/Make-Colored-Ice

Creative Thinking Prompt: Cookie Puzzles

Creative Thinking Prompt: Cookie Puzzles

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Creative Thinking Prompt: Design your own puzzle using cookie dough.

Here are two cookie recipes.

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/christmas-cookie-puzzles

https://www.bakersjournal.com/cookies/bakers-formula-december-2016-6795

Niko Draws A Feeling

“Niko Draws A Feeling

Everywhere that Niko looks, he draws something that inspires him like the ring-a-ling of an ice cream truck and the hard work of a mother robin building her nest.

No one understands his drawings until one day a girl moves in next door and sees sadness in his drawing.

Niko draws her a picture and asks her, “What is this?” She answers, “It makes me feel like I made a new friend.”

This book promotes imagination, a different perspective, and being unique.

TITLE: Niko Draws A Feeling

AUTHOR: Bob Raczka

ILLUSTRATOR: Simone Shin

PUBLISHER: Carolrhoda, 2017

AGE GROUP: 4-7

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, a different perspective, unique

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Pick an emotion. Draw what that emotion feels like to you. Draw the opposite emotion of the emotion you picked.

2) Draw the surprise of a surprise party. Draw the joy of receiving a present.

3) Abstract Art is expression of emotion that uses only lines, colors, and shapes, no subject.

Make your own abstract art. Think of an emotion. Freely draw lines onto a blank sheet of paper. Fill in your picture with different colors.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about Bob Raczka, visit:

http://www.bobraczka.com/about/

To learn more about Simone Shin, visit:

http://simoneshin.com