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Creative Thinking Prompt: What Else Can An Ice Cube Tray Be?

Creative Thinking Prompt: What Else Can An Ice Cube Tray Be?

Here is a plain, boring ice cube tray. Let’s change it into something else.

What else can you use it for?

Brainstorm a list of ways an ice cube tray could be used.

Here are a few to get you started:  storing buttons, sorting items, make edible treats with “hidden” frozen treasures inside them, a water collector, a part for a new invention

There’s a shark floating in my drink! If you could change an ice cube’s shape, what shape would it be? What would you use it for?

How could you use this tray of ice cubes to teach someone about the United States?

Pretend you are planning a birthday party for a worm, how else could an ice cube tray used?

Write a short story, using an ice cube as the main character. Besides melting, what else could your ice cube main character’s problem?

Have a cool day!

Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems

“Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems”

Teaching children at a young age how to be present and how to self-calm can become a beneficial skill that can help them later in life when faced with stress. In Breathe and Be, mindfulness poems set the stage for children to calm, relax, and be. These poems use nature analogies that children can easily relate to.

By the end of the book, a sense of calm and serenity prevails. Readers connect mindfulness with the beauty of nature. On the book’s back cover, this poem portrays rushing thoughts and centeredness.

Gorgeous illustrations create a soothing peacefulness while illustrating how readers’ awareness of their thoughts can promote mindfulness.

This book promotes visualization, flexible thinking, and nature.

TITLE: Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems

AUTHOR: Kate Coombs

ILLUSTRATOR: Anna Emilia Laitinen

PUBLISHER: Sounds True, 2017

AGE GROUP: 4-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: visualization, flexible thinking, nature

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, is quoted: “Mindfulness is the awareness that arises through paying attention on purpose in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” As an act of mindfulness, sit quietly in nature. Pick a small square of dirt to observe. For five to ten minutes focus only on that patch of earth, watching nature happen.

2) Try your hand at writing a tanka poem. A tanka poem has five lines. The first and third lines have five syllables. The second, fourth and fifth lines have seven syllables. Here is an example that I wrote.

Up Above

by Ann Kelley

dollops of whipped cream

drift across speckled blue sky

like scoops of ice cream

piling higher and higher

until melting raindrops pour

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Kate Coombs, visit:

http://www.katecoombs.com

To learn about illustrator Anna Emilia Laitinen, visit:

http://www.annaemilia.com

Creative Thinking Prompt: It’s not springtime, it’s wingtime!

Creative Thinking Prompt: It’s not springtime, it’s wingtime!

If you could fly, what kind of wings would you have? Would you have dragon wings, butterfly wings, airplane wings…?

Brainstorm a list of wings.

Pick a set of wings or if you prefer you could have two different wing sets – an upper and lower set. Why did you choose that wing type? How might your wings affect how you can fly? Where would you fly to? What else might you use your wings for?