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In this cumulative story, beginning with one windblown gray circle, paper scraps are blown. 

The narrator asks, “Whose are these? Where did they come from?” 

The chicken says, “They’re mine!” 

The papers transform into different animals, which declare that the scraps belong to them. Then the wind blows all the scraps into the air and asks the reader, “What will you make?”

This book promotes creative components of imagination, flexible thinking and fluency.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because the reader can use his/her imagination to think about what the paper scraps will form before turning the page. 

TITLE: Windblown

AUTHOR: ÉdouardManceau

ILLUSTRATOR: ÉdouardManceau

Translated by: Sarah Quinn

PUBLISHER: Owlkids Books Inc., 2013


TOPIC(S): shapes, animals

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, flexible thinking, fluency


1) Cut different shapes from scraps of paper. Use your imagination to create different things from these scraps.

2) Play tangram games at Math is Fun website:


3) Do this activity based on the book: http://www.owlkidsbooks.com/Portals/0/docs/windblown-activity.pdf


To learn more about author/illustrator Édouard Manceau, visit:


Creative Thinking Prompt: DIY Book Covers

Creative Thinking Prompt: DIY Book Covers


To make these cool book covers, visit Suzy Myer’s blog at http://suzyssitcom.com/2015/08/more-book-cover-patterns-for-school.html

Creative Thinking Prompt: Design and create book covers that represent you or the subject matter of the book in an abstract manner.

  1. Brainstorm a list of materials that can be used to cover a book. Here are some ideas to get your list started: legos, puzzle pieces
  2.  Make a list of different things, colors, animals, etc. that you feel a connection to.
  3. From this list, sketch out different designs on paper before deciding on one.
  4. Once you’ve decided on a design, experiment with different materials from your list to build your design.
  5. Create!

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?