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!
Jumbo shrimp 1998 by Jon Agee author/illustrator
Creative Thinking Prompt: Oxymorons
Oxymorons are figures of speech that put together at least two apparently contradictory terms to form a phrase. The phrase “”I am busy doing nothing” is an oxymoron phrase because busy and nothing have completely opposite meanings.
Make a list of oxymorons. Here are some to get started.
Creative Thinking Prompt: From your list of oxymorons pick five to illustrate. Really exaggerate features to add humor to your picture.
Think Deeper: Invent a few of your own oxymorons.
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:
Picture book author Monica Brown wrote PABLO NERUDA: POET OF THE PEOPLE