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Creative Thinking Prompt: What Can You Do With Pretzels?

Creative Thinking Prompt: What Can You Do With Pretzels?

Build a roller coaster of course. Using different sized pretzels, a hot glue gun, and their imaginations, contest contestants built coasters. Although I don’t believe Synder’s of Hanover sponsors this contest anymore, watch this Youtube video to be inspired to build your own coaster.



Or make animals using melted chocolate and candy decorations.




Photo courtesy of: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kidmissile/

Or use pretzel bread to make a sandwich.

What can you do with a bag of pretzels?

Creative Thinking Prompt: Bridging


London Bridge at the River Thames, England

Creative Thinking Prompt: Bridging

When you see the word bridge, you probably think of a structure that spans across water with the purpose to cross over the water. Now what if you think of a bridge as something that connects, how does that change what you picture as a bridge?

Brainstorm a list of what else can be a bridge. To help you get started: a smell is a bridge to a memory; a prized family recipe is a bridge to a family’s history; a story is a bridge to an experience.

Think Deeper: In addition to concrete and wood, brainstorm what else can compose a bridge.

Creative Thinking Prompt: An Upside-Down House


Creative Thinking Prompt:  An Upside-Down House

Imagine living in a house that was built upside-down. How would you move from room to room? Where would your bed be placed in your bedroom? Would chairs and tables float on ceilings?

Visit this link to see more of this Upside-Down House located in Siberia: http://www.fubiz.net/en/2014/12/26/upside-down-house-in-siberia/

What would the world be like if the Earth flipped upside down -the North Pole would be in the South Pole and the South Pole would be in the North Pole?

What would it be like if humans were upside down – we walked on our hands and our feet swung in the air?

What would it be like if houses and buildings had their ceiling as floors and the floors were the ceiling?

What if it rained upside-down?

Think Deeper: What else can you think of that can be turned upside-down? How could you use those upside-down items?

“I See Ten Black Dots. What Do You See?”

“I See Ten Black Dots. What Do You See?”


Ten Black Dots

What can you do with ten black dots? In this rhyming, counting book, readers count from one to ten as they find alternate uses for dots in everyday objects.


At the end of the book, a pictograph is used to show the value of the numbers one through ten. This book promotes creative thinking, flexible thinking and fluency thinking.

TITLE: Ten Black Dots

AUTHOR: Donald Crews


PUBLISHER: Harper Collins Children’s, 1963, 1986


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative thinking, flexible thinking, fluency thinking


1) Look around your classroom, your house or take a walk outside. List all the ways you see that dots can be used. For example, a dot could be a bicycle wheel or a hole in a field or a prairie dog’s eye. See if you can come up with 25 different ways.

2) Dots can be used to represent a face. Using a paper plate as a dot, draw a face on it. Tape a craft stick to the back of the face. Give your face a name. Imagine what your face character likes to do and what his/her personality is like. Pretend to be your character and engage in a conversation with a friend.


To learn more about author/illustrator Donald Crews,

visit: http://nccil.org/experience/artists/crewsfam/dcrews.htm


Creative Thinking Prompt: What’s In A Name?


What’s In A Name?

Creative Thinking Prompt: What’s In A Name?

Names identify us. What if we could only introduce ourselves with an image rather than saying our names?

Make a list of at least 25 things that represent who you are.

Here’s a list of questions to get you started.

Where is your family from?

What’s your favorite food?

What things do you hold important?

What is your favorite season?

What is your favorite emoji?

What is your favorite color?

What is your favorite smell?

Who do you admire? What characteristics about that person do you admire?

What are some of your favorite things to do?

What else identifies who you are?

Each letter of your name represents something about you. You can combine more than one thing within a letter. Each letter must connect in some way with the next letter in your name. This series of letter images represent you. As you work, Think Deeper.

Think Deeper:  Your personality has many different aspects. Each letters should reflect a part of your personality. Think about the colors you wish to use. Think about how to include patterns, textures, and shading. Think of the outline of each letter – will it be bold, tall, graffiti type, short, etc. How will each letter connect to the next? Next time someone asks you your name, flash your name image. It’ll say a lot about you without you having to utter a single word.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create Unique Valentines

Create Unique Valentines

Create your own special Valentines by using anthropomorphism, which is giving human qualities inanimate objects, animals, or natural phenomena like the yam in this Valentine.



Use words that have can have more than one meaning. Notice how the word ‘swimmingly’ is used.



Try a twist on words. Notice how the word ‘relish’ is use in this Valentine.


Creative Thinking Prompt:

Make a list of five animals, five foods and five objects. For each item, write a human characteristic that can be attributed to the item and/or write a word with a double meaning.

Here are some that came to my mind. Guess what object or animal would be associated with each saying.

  1. “I can’t bear to be without you, Valentine!”
  2. “You’re ap-pealing to me!”
  3. “I tank I like you.”
  4. “You’re the mane event, Valentine!”


  1.  a bear
  2. a banana
  3. an army tank
  4. a lion
Happy Valentine’s Day!

Creative Thinking Challenge: Oopsy Doopsy

Oopsy Doopsy


That mistake is not a mistake. It’s art!

Creative Thinking Prompt: Oopsy Doopsy!  Many artists start out their projects with a specific end goal. Often that original idea is altered by a mistake that occurs during the art process. Many artists use that mistake to turn their projects into a work of art that the artist could not have imagined otherwise.

Try your hand at turning mistakes into works of art. Remember art is not perfectionism; it’s about expression.

1) Crumple up a piece of paper. Unfold it. Outline some of the folds. Using those lines, create an image.

2) Make a tear (or a few tears) in a piece of paper. Create an art piece, incorporating the tear into your art.

3) Drop a blob of paint on a piece of paper and smear it with your finger. After it dries, incorporate the paint blob into an art image.

4) Take discarded paper and rip it into shreds. Using those shreds, arrange them to form a picture.

Think Deeper: What other mistakes can you think of that you can recreate into a work of art?

Creative Thinking Prompt: Cardboard Box Challenge



Cardboard Box Challenge

Creative Thinking Prompt: A cardboard box’s original purpose is to hold items. Find 10 unrelated items lying around your house or in your classroom. For each item, design how that item can hold something. Sketch out your designs. What your most unique design? Which design worked the best? Would you use any of your designs to hold a gift that you would give to someone?

Think Deeper:  In what ways might you redesign the cardboard box to hold items?

Creative Thinking Prompt: Are you a dessert, an entrée, a sidedish, or an appetizer?


Are you a dessert, an entrée, a sidedish, or an appetizer?

Creative Thinking Prompt:  Many things make up you and those things make you unique. Make a list of the things you like, include your interests, too. Make a list of the things you dislike. Using “ingredients” from each list, write a recipe about what things make up you. Don’t forget to write instructions for how to make your recipe. Create a unique name for your food dish.

To find recipe templates, Google “how to write a recipe template.”

Enjoy Cooking!

Pumpkin Characters Take Over Halloween


Night of the Pumpkinheads


Carved pumpkin characters from Night of the Pumpkinheads

Night of the Pumpkinheads written by Michael J. Rosen features Master carver Hugh McMahon’s carved pumpkins as the story’s characters. Restless porch pumpkins transform into Frankenstein, a mastodon, and ghosts to scare costumed children. But the real scare comes when the garden veggies come out. Photographs of Hugh McMahon’s stunning carved pumpkins spark readers’ imaginations as to what else a carved pumpkin can be. The book promotes creativity, fluency, and imaginative thinking.

TITLE: Night of the Pumpkinheads

AUTHOR: Michael J Rosen

Pumpkins carved by: Master carver Hugh McMahon

PUBLISHER: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2011

AGE GROUP: elementary

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, fluency, imagination


1) Brainstorm what else a pumpkin can be.

2) Design your own pumpkin character, using two or more pumpkins of varying sizes.

3) Besides carving a pumpkin, how else can you decorate a pumpkin?


To learn more about author Michael J Rosen, visit http://www.fidosopher.com

To view more carved pumpkins by Master carver Hugh McMahon visit http://www.hmcmahonpumpkins.com

To view unique pumpkin decorating at Laura Beth Love’s “dishfunctional designs” blog, click this link: Decorating Pumpkins