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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

Creative Thinking Prompt: What Can You Make With Bubble Gum?

Gum Sculpture by Maurizio Savini

12-16-16 Creative Thinking Prompt: What Can You Make With Bubble Gum?

Sculptures are made from a variety of materials – clay, wire, paper. But have you seen one made from bubble gum? Italian artist Maurizio Savini uses pink and white gum as his art medium because he sees it as part of his country’s culture.

Gum Sculpture by Maurizio Savini

No, he does not chew the gum. To keep his sculptures from disintegrating from the gum’s sugar, Savini applies a mixture of formaldehyde and antibiotics to preserve his work.

Creative Thinking Prompt: What can you make with gum? Brainstorm a list of things that you can use or make with bubble gum. Grab some gum. Work with it using your hands to get the feel of the gum and to understand its properties. Sketch out a simple design that you’d like to make. Now create! Remember your piece might not last long due to the gum’s sugar.

To view more of Maurizio Savini’s work, visit:

http://blog.keralites.net/2012/02/chewing-gum-art.html

To learn more about Maurizio Savini’s art, visit:

http://emmanuelfremingallery.com/project/maurizio-savini/

Creative Thinking Prompt: Pushing Creative Bounds

Creative Thinking Prompt: Pushing Creative Bounds

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©Christoph Niemann

Creative Christop Niemann pushes himself to become a better illustrator by stepping outside of his comfort zone. He picks a single object and looks at it, trying to envision how this object can become part of a larger image.

http://www.npr.org/2016/10/31/499807738/how-does-christoph-niemann-make-art-look-effortless-with-a-lot-of-work

His book Sunday Sketching is a result of his internal drive to be creative.

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To learn more about Christoph Niemann and his work, visit: http://www.christophniemann.com

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create your own work of art, using a singular object and incorporating it into an image.

Here’s my work – Crocodile Key.

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Think Deeper: Create a series of these artworks and use them to create a story.

The Monsters’ Monster

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The Monsters’ Monster”

Every day, three little rascals, Grooch, Grump, Gloom’n’Doom, argue about who is the biggest, baddest monster. To settle their argument, they bring to life the biggest, baddest monster ever.

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Instead of creating mayhem like the rascals enjoy doing, the monster shows them how powerful gratitude is.

This story promotes inventiveness, creativity and following one’s heart.

TITLE: The Monsters’ Monster

AUTHOR: Patrick McDonnell

ILLUSTRATOR: Patrick McDonnell

PUBLISHER: Little Brown and Company, 2012

AGE GROUP: 4-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: inventiveness, creativity and following one’s heart

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Write a story about a monster who searches for the best tasting plate of spaghetti. What obstacles might your monster face? When she or he finally finds the spaghetti, what happens unexpectedly?

2) Invent your own version of Frankenstein or another type of monster. Name your monster. How does your monster act? Why does s/he behave like that? What does your monster want? Where does your monster live? Who is your monster’s best friend?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Patrick McDonnell, visit:

http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/features/patrickmcdonnell/

Crafty Chloe

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Crafty Chloe”

Crafty Chloe wants to find the perfect store bought gift for her best friend Emma. When another girl buys the present that Emma really wanted, Chloe is left feeling hopeless and wonders if a homemade gift can make a perfect present.

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Chloe’s passion for making things inspires her to create a special birthday gift for her best friend.

This story promotes resourcefulness, creativity and following one’s passion.

TITLE: Crafty Chloe

AUTHOR: Kelly DiPucchio

ILLUSTRATOR: Heather Ross

PUBLISHER: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2012

AGE GROUP: 4-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: resourcefulness, creativity, following one’s passion

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Collect some nature items and some things you have lying around the house. Don’t go out and buy anything. Using these materials, create a handmade gift for someone or a pet.

2) Which would you prefer to receive – a store bought gift or a handmade gift? Why? What makes a handmade gift special? What makes a store bought gift special?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Kelly DiPucchio, visit:

http://www.kellydipucchio.com/home.html

To learn more about illustrator Heather Ross, visit:

http://heatherross.squarespace.com/books/

To learn how to make the crafts in this book, visit:

www.craftychloe.com