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