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Creative Thinking Prompt: Design A Toy

 

 
Creative Thinking Prompt: Design A Toy

  Step One: Research past and present toys.

Which ones do you like? Why?

Which ones do you not like? Why?

Which characteristics of the toys you picked could you use in your new toy?

What parts from your favorite toy could you use in your new toy?

Now ⇒  Think About Your Toy Design

Color?

Shape?

Size?

Moving Parts?

Feel?

Sound?

What type of toy do you want to make?

What materials will your toy be made from?

What can you do with it?

Why is it fun to play with?

Who will play with this toy?

Who will buy this toy?

How will someone play with it?

 Step Two: Sketch out your design.

 Step Three: Invent your toy.

Use recyclables and items found around the house to design your toy.

Introduce your toy to someone. Let them ask questions about your toy.

 Step Four: Revise your toy design.

  Step Five: Name your toy. Write a brief description on how to play with your toy.

 Step Six: Marketing

Where will you sell your toy?

Design a logo and brand name.

How will you package your toy?

What will your toy cost?

How is your toy different than other toys?

Why would someone buy your toy?

  Happy Toy Inventing!  

The Big Adventure Of A Little Line

The Big Adventure Of A Little Line”

While walking a boy finds a line by the side of the road. He brings it home and forgets about it. Then one day he puts the line on a blank page. It moves. So everyday he opens his notebook and talks to the line.

Sometimes the line wouldn’t do what the boy wanted.

The boy and his line grow up together. Inseparable, they tell stories, visit famous people, do dangerous things and travel the world.

Then the time comes. The boy, who is now a man, cuts off a tiny piece of the line and places it along the road. Who will pick it up?

This book promotes creative process, creative expression, and passion.

TITLE: The Big Adventure Of A Little Line

AUTHOR: Serge Bloch

ILLUSTRATOR: Serge Bloch

PUBLISHER: Thames & Hudson, 2015

AGE GROUP: 4-7

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative process, creative expression, passion

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What artist do you admire? What do you admire about that artist? How is that artist creative? In what ways are you like that artist? If you think you aren’t similar to your chosen artist, think deeper because you do have something in common.

2) How is a line like a star? How is an artist like a brain? How is a book without pictures like you? After you answer these questions, develop your own questions comparing lines to other things that seem as if they wouldn’t have anything in common.

3) Listening to music of your choice, draw one continuous line for one minute (no lifting your pencil). Then reflect on your line. Turn it sideways, upside-down to see what else it can be. Transform your line into an image or incorporate it into another picture you have already drawn.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Serge Bloch, visit:

http://www.sergebloch.com

CREATIVE THINKING PROMPT: Create A Monster Using Attribute Listing

   
CREATIVE THINKING PROMPT: Create A Monster Using Attribute Listing

An attribute listing matrix is a common creative thinking technique used to generate and develop ideas through multiple combinations. Today, we are going to use it to create a monster face.

STEP 1. Select a problem or product.

  • PROBLEM: To create a monster face.

STEP 2. Break problem into key attributes.

  • ATTRIBUTES: Create a list of attributes that might be found on a monster’s face. Pick six of the most important ones.
  • In the first row, number 1 – 6, skipping the first box.
  • In the first column, list six attributes, skipping the first box. For my attributes, I identified face color, hair, number of eyes, markings, teeth and horns.

STEP 3. Identify various ways to achieve each attribute.

IDENTIFY: Brainstorm different options for each attribute. Pick up to six.

  • For each row, list six types of that item. For example, Face Color: blue, yellow, pink, green, orange, purple.

STEP 4. Design or create a solution by manipulating and recombining the variables.

  • DESIGN: Use a six-sided die to create combinations.
  • Roll the die six times, writing down each number after you roll.
  • Then starting with the first attribute – Face Color, find the corresponding number to discover which color your face will be. If I rolled a 4, my face color would be purple.
  • Do this for each attribute.
  • Now draw your monster face.
  • Don’t forget to name your monster.

This process can be repeated over and over again using different number combinations.

CREATE A MONSTER USING ATTRIBUTES

ONE TWO THREE FOUR FIVE SIX
FACE COLOR Yellow Pink Green Purple Orange Blue
HAIR Spiked Mohawk Bald Ponytail Long Curls Bobbed
NUMBER of EYES Five Two Zero Four Three One
MARKINGS Furry Freckled Star on Cheek Birthmark None Spotted
TEETH Drooling Pointed Gaps in between Decaying Gleaming Braces
HORNS Unicorn Goat Hippo Antelope Elk Ibex

Here’s what I rolled.

Face Color: 4 = purple

Hair: 2 = Mohawk

Number of Eyes: 5 = three eyes

Markings: 6 = spotted

Teeth: 2 = pointed

Horns: 1 = unicorn

I’m not the best drawer but I present to you, Bob the Monster.

Now you design your own attribute matrix to create a one of a kind monster!