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Niko Draws A Feeling

“Niko Draws A Feeling

Everywhere that Niko looks, he draws something that inspires him like the ring-a-ling of an ice cream truck and the hard work of a mother robin building her nest.

No one understands his drawings until one day a girl moves in next door and sees sadness in his drawing.

Niko draws her a picture and asks her, “What is this?” She answers, “It makes me feel like I made a new friend.”

This book promotes imagination, a different perspective, and being unique.

TITLE: Niko Draws A Feeling

AUTHOR: Bob Raczka

ILLUSTRATOR: Simone Shin

PUBLISHER: Carolrhoda, 2017

AGE GROUP: 4-7

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, a different perspective, unique

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Pick an emotion. Draw what that emotion feels like to you. Draw the opposite emotion of the emotion you picked.

2) Draw the surprise of a surprise party. Draw the joy of receiving a present.

3) Abstract Art is expression of emotion that uses only lines, colors, and shapes, no subject.

Make your own abstract art. Think of an emotion. Freely draw lines onto a blank sheet of paper. Fill in your picture with different colors.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about Bob Raczka, visit:

http://www.bobraczka.com/about/

To learn more about Simone Shin, visit:

http://simoneshin.com

Creative Thinking Prompt: Design A Toy

 

 
Creative Thinking Prompt: Design A Toy

  Step One: Research past and present toys.

Which ones do you like? Why?

Which ones do you not like? Why?

Which characteristics of the toys you picked could you use in your new toy?

What parts from your favorite toy could you use in your new toy?

Now ⇒  Think About Your Toy Design

Color?

Shape?

Size?

Moving Parts?

Feel?

Sound?

What type of toy do you want to make?

What materials will your toy be made from?

What can you do with it?

Why is it fun to play with?

Who will play with this toy?

Who will buy this toy?

How will someone play with it?

 Step Two: Sketch out your design.

 Step Three: Invent your toy.

Use recyclables and items found around the house to design your toy.

Introduce your toy to someone. Let them ask questions about your toy.

 Step Four: Revise your toy design.

  Step Five: Name your toy. Write a brief description on how to play with your toy.

 Step Six: Marketing

Where will you sell your toy?

Design a logo and brand name.

How will you package your toy?

What will your toy cost?

How is your toy different than other toys?

Why would someone buy your toy?

  Happy Toy Inventing!  

Paul Meets Bernadette

Paul Meets Bernadette”

Paul swims around and around in big circles and little circles. He swims to the left and to the right. He swims up and down, down and up until…

…Bernadette drops in and shows Paul a world filled with so many interesting things.

  

“Do you see those tall buildings over there?” says Bernadette.

Textured oil paintings beautifully illustrate the mundane changing into something unusual.

This book promotes originality, perspective, imagination, and flexible thinking.

TITLE: Paul Meets Bernadette

AUTHOR: Rosy Lamb

ILLUSTRATOR: Rosy Lamb

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2013

AGE GROUP: 5-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: originality, perspective, imagination, flexible thinking

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Make a list of things that you see at lunch. Pick 10 items. For each item, list what else it could be. For example, a sandwich is a raft for ants (raisins) to float down the river (split milk).

2) Imagine you are a bird flying about your day. What might you encounter? Now using your imagination, elaborate on those encounters, what might those things become? 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Rosy Lamb, visit:

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-authors/article/60472-fall-2013-flying-starts-rosy-lamb.html