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Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci

Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci”

Through observing nature, people, and the world around him, Leonardo da Vinci was inspired to design inventions. Although he never saw his inventions created, he was a thinker before his time.

This book compares Leo’s design inventions from over 500 years ago to modern day inventions like the two level truss bridge, the parachute, and contact lenses.

This book promotes creative person, invention, and curiosity.

TITLE: Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci

AUTHOR: Gene Barretta

ILLUSTRATOR: Gene Barretta

PUBLISHER: Henry Holt and Company, 2009

AGE GROUP: 6-9

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative person, invention, curiosity

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Try to replicate one of Da Vinci’s designs using materials you find around your home.

2) Try out Da Vinci’s parachute design using a triangle shape for the parachute.

3) Redesign a glider. Make a list of the things that you would like your glider to do. Try out several of your designs to see which ones can do the actions from your list.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Gene Barretta, visit:

http://www.genebarretta.com/about/

They All Saw A Cat

What do you see when a cat crosses your path? In the book, They All Saw A Cat, different characters’ perspectives open readers’ imaginations to think about how things can be perceived and how we can affect our world.

Here’s how a worm sees the cat.

Here’s how a bee sees the cat.

Brendan Wenzel’s delightful illustrations portray the perspectives a person, a dog, a worm, and a bat as the cat crosses their paths. Wenzel even includes how the cat sees himself.

This book promotes different perspectives, curiosity, and originality.

TITLE: They All Saw A Cat

AUTHOR: Brendan Wenzel

ILLUSTRATOR: Brendan Wenzel

PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books, 2016

AGE GROUP: 4-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: perspective, originality, curiosity

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What do you see when you see a tree? What does a fly view a tree? A bird? A squirrel? A worm? An ant? How might a kite view a tree?

2) To see things differently, try doing these things.

– look through a telescope or binoculars

– look through a microscope or magnifying glass

– look through color-tinted sunglasses

– look through a paper towel or toilet paper tube

– look to your left

– look to your right

– stand on your head

How does your view of the world change as you look through these items? How can you use these different viewpoints to help solve problems?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Brendan Wenzel, visit:

http://brendanwenzel.info

Creative Thinking Prompt: Nature Inspired Designs

Creative Thinking Prompt: Nature Inspired Designs

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Curiosity seeker Leonardo da Vinci observed nature fanatically, taking notes and drawing sketches in his notebooks. Da Vinci’s nature observations lead him to design inventions that were ahead of his time. His observations of  birds and their wing structures inspired Da Vinci to design a plane and a parachute.

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Many of Da Vinci’sdesigns weren’t able to come to fruition because the materials needed to make his inventions weren’t available during his lifetime.

Your challenge is to observe nature – the plants, trees, water sources, and wildlife. Make a list of attributes for each item you observe. From your list, combine two attributes to inspire an invention design of your own.

Think Deeper:

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To learn more about Leonardo da Vinci, check out this book:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1579129463/ref=rdr_ext_tmb

To read about other animal inspired inventions, visit:

http://www.kidsdiscover.com/teacherresources/nature-inspired-inventions/