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Creative Thinking Prompt: Turning Numbers into Cartoon Art

Creative Thinking Prompt: Turning Numbers into Cartoon Art

Pick a category such as robots, fish, trees, cars, breakfast, etc. Next starting with the number one (1), create a cartoon character for each number, 1–5. Make sure your number is “hidden”.

Think Deeper: Combine numbers to create animals.

Visit this webpage for tutorial and inspiration to transform numbers into animals:

http://www.drawinghowtodraw.com/stepbystepdrawinglessons/tag/number-drawing/

Learning Extensions:

Watch these brief videos that easily show how to turn numbers into cartoon birds:

How to turn Numbers 1-5 into the cartoon birds step by step

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOsZ4994Bmw

 How to turn Numbers 6-9 into the cartoon birds step by step

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

7 Ate 9

7 Ate 9: The Untold Story”

Word on the street is that 7 ate 9 and 7 is after 6. Scared 6 hires a private investigator, Private I, to find missing 7.

Private I searches for 8, who knows zilch.

Next he heads to Café Uno and orders a slice pi. He still needs more data and finds 11, who tells him 7 went on vacation. Things don’t add up.

(endpaper)

Read the rest of the story for the clever, surprise ending.

This book promotes creativity, originality and discovery.

TITLE: 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story

AUTHOR: Tara Lazar

ILLUSTRATOR: Ross McDonald

PUBLISHER: Disney, Hyperion, 2017

AGE GROUP: 6-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, originality, discovery

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Using your favorite number and personification create a number character. Personification is giving human qualities or traits to something non-human. Sketch out your character. Then “dress” your character with color and textures.

2) Write your own fun mystery using these organizers from ReadWriteThink (http://www.readwritethink.org)

http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson865/organizer.pdf

http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson865/guide.pdf

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Tara Lazar, visit:

https://taralazar.com/about/

To learn more about illustrator Ross McDonald, visit:

https://www.ross-macdonald.com/childrens-books/

Creative Thinking Prompt: Out of This World Tasty Galaxy

Creative Thinking Prompt: Out of This World Tasty Galaxy

Ever wondered what a galaxy might taste like? Dessert makers have.

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Creative Thinking Prompt: Out of This World Tasty Galaxy

Make a list of 25 different foods. They may not be just desserts. From your list pick five that seem unusual or weird to you. How might you pair a galaxy with those foods? From there, choose one galaxy food. Sketch out what it would look like. List the ingredients and steps it would take to make your food. If you have permission, try making your galaxy food. And don’t forget to name it!

EXTENDED LEARNING

©Sweetambs

To learn how to make and decorate galaxy cookies, visit:

http://www.sweetambs.com/tutorial/galaxy-cookies/

Doggone Feet!

Doggone Feet!”

One day Dog follows Legs (who becomes his owner) home from the park. Dog cleans up the floor after Legs and licks his hands clean. They make a great pair until Toes comes home with Legs. Dog doesn’t know what to think about two more feet. “I guess there’s room for four feet,” Dog thinks. Then Boots shows up. And then more feet show up. And more. What’s a dog to do?

From beneath the dining table, Dog tells of his growing family life from his dog-eye point of view. Full of humor and rhyme, read to discover the surprise ending.

This book promotes creativity, originality, and different perspective.

TITLE: Doggone Feet!

AUTHOR: Leslie Helakoski

ILLUSTRATOR: Leslie Helakoski

PUBLISHER: Boyds Mills Press, 2013

AGE GROUP: 4-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, different perspective, originality

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Pick an animal and “see” the world through its eyes. Remember if it’s a small animal the world will look enormous and vice versa for a larger animal. Roleplay – behave like that animal. Now pick an object. How might that object “see” the world around him?

2) Challenge yourself to keep an open-mind when you come across something that you don’t think you’ll like. For example, I didn’t think that I would like to eat baked asparagus with cream cheese but I ended up really liking it. Now it’s a favorite of mine. But if you end up not liking what you try, it’s okay. You experienced it!

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Leslie Helakoski, visit:

https://www.helakoskibooks.com

Watch the book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6Y888XmPh0

Creative Thinking Prompt: What’s That Smell?

Creative Thinking Prompt: What’s That Smell?

Brainstorm different types of smells. From your list, choose 20.

With an adult, walk around your neighborhood or town sniffing.

Give yourself a point for each smell you find on your list.

Think Deeper: Create a symphony of smells. Pretend you are a songwriter. How would you use smells to create a song?

Mix It Up!

Mix It Up!”

Mix It Up! is interactive storytelling at its best. Shake the book! Tilt the book!

What happens to the colors of paint?

Tap the paint! Smear the paint! What happens?

Make colors lighter, add white. Make colors darker, add black. Hervé Tullet encourages readers to explore, take risks and express their creativity.

This book promotes creativity, imagination, and discovery.

TITLE: Mix It Up!

AUTHOR: Hervé Tullet

ILLUSTRATOR: Hervé Tullet

PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books, 2014, 1st published in U.S.A.

AGE GROUP: 4-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, imagination, discovery

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Take one paint color and mix with another color. Take two paint colors and mix with another color. Take three paint colors and mix with another color. Then fingerpaint with the colors you’ve made.

2) Use unusual materials to make paint such as jello, food coloring, etc.

3) Add sprinkles of salt to paint. Paint with it. What happens to the salted paint when it dries?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Hervé Tullet, visit:

http://www.herve-tullet.com/en/boite-20/Biography.html

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-authors/article/68593-author-illustrator-herv-tullet-moves-to-the-u-s.html

Mr. Putney’s Quacking Dog

“Mr. Putney’s Quacking Dog

In the picture book, Mr. Putney’s Quacking Dog, Mr. Putney has all sorts of unusual friends. Readers guess the animals’ names based on clues in the pictures and text.

Turn the page to discover Mr. Putney’s animal friend.

Turn the page to discover Mr. Putney’s animal friend.

This book promotes creativity, inventiveness and imagination.

TITLE: Mr. Putney’s Quacking Dog

AUTHOR: Jon Agee

ILLUSTRATOR: Jon Agee

PUBLISHER: Michael Di Capua Books, Scholastic, 2010

AGE GROUP: 6-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, inventiveness, imagination

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Invent your own animal riddles like author Jon Agee.

Other animal riddles from the story are

pastry + turtle = tartle and chicken pox + hippo = hippospotamus.

2) Write riddle poetry. Visit:

http://www.poetry4kids.com/news/writing-riddles/

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Jon Agee, visit:

http://www.jonagee.com

What’s That Noise? (This Book Is Calling You…)

What’s That Noise? (This Book Is Calling You…)

An interactive sensory book, What’s That Noise?, has readers use their fingers to go on an adventure.

Fingers make sounds as they follow the trail of dashed lines and dots to catch the noise that is calling out.

Watch out for what’s hiding at the end of this book!

This book promotes creativity and originality.

TITLE: What’s That Noise?”

AUTHOR: Isabel Minhós Martins

ILLUSTRATOR: Madalena Matoso

PUBLISHER: Tate Publishing, 2016

AGE GROUP: 4-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, originality

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Go on a sound walk with someone. During your walk, listen for all the noises you hear. Both you and your friend each make a list of the sounds. Did you both hear the same sounds? The next day go on the same walk and see if you hear the same sounds or new ones.

2) Think up an invention that someone can use while going on a trip. What is the purpose of your invention? What type(s) of sound would your invention make? Name your invention.

3) Pretend you are traveling to another country or a different city or a different part of town than the one you live in. What types of noises might you hear?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Isabel Minhós Martins, visit:

http://www.finefinebooks.com/2012/05/planeta-tangerina-interview-with-isabel.html

To learn more about illustrator, visit:

https://fishinkblog.com/2011/03/09/madalena-matoso-childrens-illustrator-from-portugal/

What Pete Ate A – Z

What Pete Ate A – Z”

WHAT PETE ATE A – Z is not your typical alphabet book! This ABC story follows Pete the Dog as he devours a myriad of things, which he shouldn’t eat such as an accordion, a camera, a pocketbook, and everything to make an egg sandwich. Doesn’t Pete know the difference between edible and inedible?

The letter “G.”

Here’s Pete! What a dog!

This book promotes humor, creativity, imagination, and originality.

TITLE: What Pete Ate A – Z

AUTHOR: Maira Kalman

ILLUSTRATOR: Maira Kalman

PUBLISHER: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2001

AGE GROUP: 5-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, creativity, originality, imagination

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Pick a letter from the alphabet. Brainstorm a list of inedible items that Pete the Dog could eat. Now write a tongue twister about Pete eating some of those items.

2) What happens to Pete at the end of the book after he’s eaten all those inedible things? Write an ending to Pete’s alphabet eating journey.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Maira Kalman, visit:

http://www.mairakalman.com/books/children/

Owl Sees Owl

Owl Sees Owl”

In Owl Sees Owl, a union of text and pictures come together to tell the story of Little Owl who is ready for a night adventure on his own. He leaves the nest and soars across fields and forests. What will he find?

Told in the form of a reverso poem, Little Owl makes a discovery and then safely returns home. A reverso poem is a poem that uses the same words forwards and then reuses the same words in reverse order.

This book promotes creativity, nature, and originality.

TITLE: Owl Sees Owl

AUTHOR: Laura Godwin

ILLUSTRATOR: Rob Dunlavey

PUBLISHER: Schwartz & Wade Books, 2016

AGE GROUP: 4-7

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, nature, originality

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Research a favorite animal of yours. Make a list of 8 adjectives, 8 nouns, and 8 verbs that describe your animal. Arrange these words into a poem.

2) Try your hand at writing a reverso poem.

http://www.readbrightly.com/reverso-poetry-writing-verse-reverse/

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Laura Godwin, visit:

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/72307-a-dual-career-comes-full-circle-for-laura-godwin.html

To learn more about illustrator Rob Dunlavey, visit:

http://www.robd.com