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The Snow Tree

The Snow Tree”

“Little Bear woke and the world around was white.” He wonders where all the colors went and searches for color in this white winter world.

Little Bear’s friends help by bringing colors of nature such as leaves, berries, and feathers to decorate the Snow Tree.

A colorful story about friendship and sharing.

Gorgeous illustrations and embossed pages add texture for readers’ delight as well as the poetic text printed in calligraphy.

This story promotes nature, sharing, and flexible thinking.

TITLE: The Snow Tree

AUTHOR: Caroline Repchuk

ILLUSTRATOR: Josephine Martin

PUBLISHER: Dutton Children’s Books, 1997


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: nature, sharing, flexible thinking


1) Pick 5 colors. How does each color remind you of a memory of yours?

2) How can you bring light to darkness? Brainstorm 10 ways. Here are a few to get your list started: open a door or window, show someone kindness, smile. Next answer the question in reverse – how can you bring darkness to light?


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Creative Thinking Prompt: What Else Is A Wreath?

Creative Thinking Prompt: What Else Is A Wreath?

Wreaths are used for many occasions such as Christmas, weddings, memorials, and funerals. When else might a wreath be used?

Sometimes they are worn as crowns to denote rank. What else can a wreath be used for?

Wreaths are typically shaped in a circle with no end and no beginning. What might happen if a wreath was a different shape like an oval, rectangle, or a diamond?

Wreaths are made from several different materials like fir branches, flowers, Styrofoam, tissue paper, and woven straw. What other materials can a wreath be made from?

Creative Thinking Prompt: Use your imagination to design a wreath that can be used on a car. What is the purpose of your wreath? How will it be used? What materials will you use? What is your wreath’s shape?

Creative Thinking Prompt: Santa’s Beard Games

Creative Thinking Prompt: Santa’s Beard Games



What things can you find in Santa’s beard? Using the ABCs, list things one might find in Santa’s beard on Christmas Eve.




Pin the beard on Santa.  



What else can this be? Brainstorm 15 different things this could be.




Make an origami Santa hat at https://weheartit.com/entry/52375235

Design a new style for Santa’s beard and mustache. With this new style, is Santa still Santa? Yes or no, and why?

Oh no! Santa’s beard didn’t grow in time. What else could Santa wear to replace his beard? Brainstorm 10 things Santa could wear.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Invent your own Santa’s Beard game.