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Creative Thinking Prompt: I Wonder Notebook

Creative Thinking Prompt: I Wonder Notebook

Do you ever wonder? I certainly do. Poet Pablo Neruda writes about unanswerable wonders in his book, THE BOOK OF QUESTIONS (written for adults).

“From where does the thundercloud come with its black sacks of tears?

How many questions does a cat have?

Does smoke talk with the clouds?

Why do trees conceal the splendor of their roots?”

This book inspired me to create a notebook (I’m a big fan of notebooks) and title it, My Wonders.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Make A Wonder Notebook

Brainstorm a list of 100 questions that you wonder about. These questions can be answerable or unanswerable.

Decorate and personalize your notebook. To begin your notebook, brainstorm 100 questions of things you wonder about. Write these questions in your notebook. You can include sketches if you want.

Think Deeper: Look at the above wonders of Pablo Neruda and use your imagination to invent answers.

To learn more about Pablo Neruda, visit:

https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1971/neruda-bio.html

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/pablo-neruda

Picture book author Monica Brown wrote PABLO NERUDA: POET OF THE PEOPLE

ABC Pasta: An Entertaining Alphabet

ABC Pasta: An Entertaining Alphabet”

An ABC circus that good enough to eat!

Author/illustrator Juana Medina’s pasta characters and use of alliteration create a very entertaining way to learn the alphabet.

This book promotes creativity, originality, and flexible thinking.

TITLE: ABC Pasta: An Entertaining Alphabet

AUTHOR: Juana Medina

ILLUSTRATOR: Juana Medina

PUBLISHER: Viking, 2017

AGE GROUP: 4-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, originality, flexible thinking

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Pick a food group. Use that food to create a variety of characters.

2) Using dried pasta or cooked spaghetti, form letters of the alphabet.

3) Invent your own pasta characters and tell their stories.

 EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Juana Medina, visit:

http://www.juanamedina.com

I also love this counting salad book by Juana Medina.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Napkin Folding Art

Creative Thinking Prompt: Napkin Folding Art

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What can you create with a napkin? Folding artist Joan Sallas recreates history through his napkin folding art. His sculptures feature griffins, snakes, turkeys, turtles, horses and much more. Each sculpture design is based on his research about the banqueting tables of Renaissance Europe. A true creative, he craves the discovery of creating new folds.

To view Joan Sallas napkin art, watch Joan Sallas: Folded Beauty Masterpieces in Linen at Waddesdon:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlIS0UMhI6I

So as you set your dinner table, create some art and flair with napkin folding.

To learn more about Joan Sallas and his work, visit:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/08/12/431271509/unfolding-the-history-of-napkin-art

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/06/joan-sallas-napkin-folder_n_2625924.html

Creative Thinking Prompt: Get Creative with Juggling

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Creative Thinking Prompt: Get Creative with Juggling

Juggling increases the connectivity in our brains, helping us to focus, develop our hand-eye coordination and improve our spatial reasoning. In my opinion, if juggling betters all these brain processes, juggling can increase those same brain functions that are needed for creative thinking.

So…to learn how to juggle three balls, watch juggler instructor Niels Duinker:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWqpTUsIH_I

Creative thinker Viktor Kee, a contestant on the TV show, America’s Got Talent (AGT), has brought juggling to an elevated work of art, combining artistry, acrobatics, dance and drama to pioneer his original exclusive style.

To watch Viktor’s performance on AGT:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aM_LbLHoC7A

To learn more about Viktor, visit:

http://viktorkee.com/biography/

ee cummings: Poet and Creative Thinker

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enormous SMALLNESS: A story of E.E. Cummings ”

Visually entertaining and poetically written, this book honors poet ee cummings and his writing spirit. Cummings so loved lowercase letters that he wrote his name as ee cummings. Nature inspired his passion for writing. A rule breaker of rhythm and rhyme as well as a new word inventor, ee cummings was a creative thinker.

This story promotes the creative traits of a creative person – taking risks, passionate, imaginative, different perspective, and the desire to be creative.

TITLE: enormous SMALLNESS: A story of E.E. Cummings

AUTHOR: Matthew Burgess

ILLUSTRATOR: Kris DiGiacomo

PUBLISHER: Enchanted Lion Books, 2015

AGE GROUP: 6-9

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative traits of a creative person – taking risks, passionate, imaginative, different perspective, desire to be creative

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Author Matthew Burgess wrote that E.E. Cummings “drew many pictures from great circus of his imagination.” Cummings displayed many creative traits of a creative thinker. (see creative components) What creativity traits do you have? On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being highest, how important is your creativity to you? How do you express your creativity?

2) For his 15th birthday, E.E. Cummings received The Rhymester, a guide to writing poems, which became one of his prized possessions. What is one of your prized possessions and why?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Matthew Burgess, visit:

http://www.matthewjohnburgess.com

To learn more about illustrator Kris DiGiacomo, visit:

http://krisdigiacomo.com

To learn more about E.E. Cummings, visit:

https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/e-e-cummings