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
Use your imagination to play ZA ZA ZOOM! ® created by Hervé Tullet, the author/illustrator of these books
and Mix It Up!
ZA ZA ZOOM! ® an open-ended game with its double-sided cards
fosters imagination and stimulates creative thinking. There are many different ways to play. Players can create their own games, play a matching game or the Roadbuilder game or the Patterngrower game.
Ages: 3 and up
Players: 2-4 players; partners or single players
Created by: Hervé Tullet (picture book author/illustrator)
Published: Chronicle Books, 2016
Any way you play it, ZA ZA ZOOM! ® is sure to be a visual adventure.
To learn more about Hervé Tullet, visit:
Creative Thinking Prompt: The Green Blob
Brainstorm a list of at least 100 things that are green. Circle the most unusual ones.
Brainstorm a list of at least 100 things that move. Circle the most unusual ones.
Now take one circled item from each list and combine them to invent The Green Blob.
Your green blob can be anything – a thing, a creature, a storybook character, or a new invention.
Sketch out your blob.
What are the characteristics of your blob?
What makes your blob unique?
What does your blob do?
Name your blob.
EXTENDED LEARNING CONNECTIONS:
Just for fun. To make green slime (recipe included), visit:
Kids in the Kitchen: Homemade Slime!