Creative Thinking Prompt: Doughnuts!
Yummy! Today is National Doughnut Day!
Imagine you are the Lochness Monster, a centaur, a mermaid or a unicorn enjoying a delicious doughnut. What part of that doughnut do you enjoy eating the most? The flavor, the frosting, what’s inside the doughnut, etc.
Create a new doughnut for an imaginary creature.
What will the flavor be? How does the flavor connect to your creature?
What type of frosting or glaze will you use?
What will the shape of your doughnut be – a fritter, a jelly-filled, a cake, a longjohn, or something else?
What decorations will you add?
What will you name your new creation?
Did you know that the doughnut was created on a ship? Read The Hole Story of the Doughnut, a picture book written by Pat Miller, to learn how the doughnut came into existence.
“Stardines: Swim High Across The Sky And Other Poems”
PoetJack Prelutsky combines his love of words and his creativity to produce a new collection of never before seen specimens. Come meet the Bluffaloes, the Swapitis, the Fountain Lions, the Slobsters and twelve other new creatures.
This book promotes creativity, combination, originality, and imagination.
TITLE: Stardines: Swim High Across The Sky And Other Poems
AUTHOR: Jack Prelutsky
ILLUSTRATOR: Carin Berger
PUBLISHER: Greenwillow Books, 2012
AGE GROUP: 6-9
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, combination, originality, imagination
1) Open a dictionary to a random page. Close your eyes and place your finger somewhere on the page. Write down the word and its definition closest to your finger. Repeat this process. Re-read the definitions of your two words. What images come to mind? How might you pair these together? Invent a new species from combining your two words. Give your species a name. Write a poem describing your creature.
2) Create a class book of these new species. OR Have students develop their species into 3D specimens that can be displayed as a classroom exhibit.
To learn more about author Jack Prelutsky, visit:
To learn more about illustrator Carin Berger, visit:
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:
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
How to turn Numbers 6-9 into the cartoon birds step by step