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Creative Thinking Prompt: What’s That Smell?

Creative Thinking Prompt: What’s That Smell?

Brainstorm different types of smells. From your list, choose 20.

With an adult, walk around your neighborhood or town sniffing.

Give yourself a point for each smell you find on your list.

Think Deeper: Create a symphony of smells. Pretend you are a songwriter. How would you use smells to create a song?

Willy’s Stories

Willy’s Stories”

Willy’s Stories is written and illustrated by British Children’s Laureate (2009-2011) Anthony Browne. Each day Willy walks through these doors and something incredible happens.

Each of the ten stories begin in such a way as to disguise a well-known classic story, inserting the reader into a new story and then having the reader continue the story.

At the end of the book, the ten classic tales are revealed.

This book promotes imagination and originality.

TITLE: Willy’s Stories

AUTHOR: Anthony Browne, British Children’s Laureate 2009-2011

ILLUSTRATOR: Anthony Browne

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2014

AGE GROUP: 6-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, originality

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Pick a classic tale. Rewrite the beginning of this story. See if your friends can guess what classic tale it is.

2) Create your own fairy tale. Combine characters from two different classic stories and put them together in a story.

 EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Anthony Browne, visit:

http://www.anthonybrownebooks.com

Creative Thinking Prompt: Snow Words

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create Your Own Snow Words

Many countries have different words for different types of snow. To date the Sami culture  of Finland, Norway, Sweden and Russia, are known to have 180 words to describe snow while the Scottish have over 413 words for snow.

http://www.k-international.com/blog/which-language-has-the-most-words-for-snow/

Skelf – snowflake (Scotland)

Snjór/Snær: Snow (Icelandic)

Ciegar: Snowfield which has been trampled and dug up by reindeer (Sami)

Lappvante- thick falling snow (Swedish)

Aputi: snow on the ground (Inuit/Yupik)

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create Your Own Snow Words

  1. Brainstorm different types of snow. Spark your imagination by looking at how other countries and cultures view snow.
  2. Invent 10 new words to describe different types of snow. Notice how your words sound and look. What if you used marks above vowels, how would that change the sound of your words?
  3. How would people unfamiliar with your language learn your new language?

For extra fun, experiment by making snow playdough using two ingredients.

SNOW DOUGH RECIPE 1

Equal amounts of each:

Cornstarch

Unscented Lotion

Optional:

Glitter and/or a drop of Peppermint Extract or Oil

SNOW PLAY DOUGH RECIPE 2 using baking soda and hair conditioner:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZbjrYcNpPs

Where’s the Baboon? A 2-in-1 Book Game

Where’s the Baboon? A 2-in-1 Book Game”

If you love word games and riddles, you’ll love Michael Escoffier’s and Kris Di Giacomo’s Where’s the Baboon?

“Who made this painting?”

“Who is having a birthday?”

Illustrations provide context clues and the colored letters help to answer the questions.

This book promotes imagination and discovery.

TITLE: Where’s the Baboon? A 2-in-1 Book Game

AUTHOR: Michael Escoffier

ILLUSTRATOR: Kris Di Giacomo

PUBLISHER: Enchanted Lion Books, 2015

AGE GROUP: 5-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, discovery

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Create your own hidden word game and play with a friend.

2) Take one of the words from the story and invent a new animal based on the remaining letters. For example: if the word is headmaster, the hidden animal word is hamster, the remaining letters are e, d, a. Use these three letters to invent a new animal. Pick three traits from your favorite animal to help create your new animal.

 EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Michael Escoffier, visit:

http://www.smartbooksforsmartkids.com/tag/michael-escoffier/

To learn more about illustrator Kris Di Giacomo, visit:

http://krisdigiacomo.com

Creative Thinking Prompt: Design A Chair That’s You

Creative Thinking Prompt: Design A Chair That’s You

A chair is a commonly used object. Here are some truly unique ones.

 rhino, walrus, octopus

 books and CDs

Creative Thinking Prompt: Design a chair that represents you. Use your imagination to create a chair that doesn’t resemble a traditional chair. Make it as original as you. What are some different types of chairs (rocking chair, throne, etc.)? What materials would you use and why? What is the purpose of your chair? What colors will you use? How will you decorate/embellish your chair? How will you use your chair? How many legs will your chair have? Will your chair have a back? What will the back look like? How will the seat of your chair be designed? Sketch your chair design.

To view some more interesting chairs, visit:

http://www.digsdigs.com/50-awesome-creative-chair-designs/

https://www.designswan.com/archives/10-ultra-cool-chairs-design.html

Mix It Up!

Mix It Up!”

Mix It Up! is interactive storytelling at its best. Shake the book! Tilt the book!

What happens to the colors of paint?

Tap the paint! Smear the paint! What happens?

Make colors lighter, add white. Make colors darker, add black. Hervé Tullet encourages readers to explore, take risks and express their creativity.

This book promotes creativity, imagination, and discovery.

TITLE: Mix It Up!

AUTHOR: Hervé Tullet

ILLUSTRATOR: Hervé Tullet

PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books, 2014, 1st published in U.S.A.

AGE GROUP: 4-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, imagination, discovery

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Take one paint color and mix with another color. Take two paint colors and mix with another color. Take three paint colors and mix with another color. Then fingerpaint with the colors you’ve made.

2) Use unusual materials to make paint such as jello, food coloring, etc.

3) Add sprinkles of salt to paint. Paint with it. What happens to the salted paint when it dries?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Hervé Tullet, visit:

http://www.herve-tullet.com/en/boite-20/Biography.html

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-authors/article/68593-author-illustrator-herv-tullet-moves-to-the-u-s.html

A Child of Books

“A Child of Books

A Child of Books, a lyrical story written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston inspires readers to create, wonder, imagine and explore.

Opening line: “I am a child of books. I come from a world of stories.”

“We can lose ourselves in forests of fairy tales.”

  

“We will travel over mountains of make-believe.”

The illustrations use text from classic tales to create images of tree branches, mountains and the ocean.

This book promotes imagination and wonder.

TITLE: A Child of Books

AUTHOR: Oliver Jeffers, Sam Winston

ILLUSTRATOR: Oliver Jeffers, Sam Winston

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2016

AGE GROUP: 6-9

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) With permission, cut out words from a magazine or discarded book, use this clipped text to form shapes and images.

2) What is your favorite story? Make a list of your favorite books and share it with your friends.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about Oliver Jeffers, visit:

http://www.oliverjeffers.com

To learn more about Sam Winston, visit:

http://www.samwinston.com/books/

Meow Monday

“Meow Monday

Meow Monday from the Bonnie Bumble series written by Phyllis Root begins with this opening line: One Monday, Bonnie Bumble’s pussy willows all burst into bloom.

The kittens raise such a ruckus the cows won’t give milk and the hens won’t lay eggs. Bonnie pets, brushes and plays with the kittens but nothing works.

Then Bonnie remembers the milkweed. After feeding, they curl up for a catnap. The farm returns to normal. Everything is calm until…

the dogwood blooms.

This book promotes fluency, flexible thinking and imagination.

TITLE: Meow Monday

AUTHOR: Phyllis Root

ILLUSTRATOR: Helen Craig

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2000

AGE GROUP: 4-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: fluency, flexible thinking, imagination

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) From a plant resource book, find plant names that you can use to create a new plant like the author did with her dogwood plant. Sketch your new plant. Name your new plant.

2) What would happen if lions barked and hippos chirped? Imagine what the world would be like if animals changed how they “talked.”

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Phyllis Root, visit:

http://cynthialeitichsmith.blogspot.com/2006/03/author-feature-phyllis-root.html

To learn more about illustrator Helen Craig, visit:

http://sevenstoriescollection.blogspot.com/2014/03/helen-craigs-studio.html

Creative Thinking Prompt: Is This A Dog?

Creative Thinking Prompt: Is This A Dog?

Is this a dog? No.

Is this a pepperoni pizza? No.

Is this a crab? No.

Take another look or in this case take a taste. All these images are cakes created by cake artist Debbie Goard whose sculpted cakes are so realistic they don’t look like they could be eaten. Some of her clients include Pixar, Goggle, Playstation, and Muscle Milk.

Cake Artist Debbie Goard

Creative Thinking Prompt: Similar to Debbie Goard, what type of material could you use to create something that disguises the material and leads your audience to believe that your product is something that it is not? Brainstorm a list of materials. For each material, brainstorm what product could be created using that material.

Extended Connections:

To learn more about Debbie Goard, visit:

https://www.debbiedoescakes.net/the-artist

Creative Thinking Prompt: Oxymoron

Jumbo shrimp 1998 by Jon Agee author/illustrator

Creative Thinking Prompt: Oxymorons

Oxymorons are figures of speech that put together at least two apparently contradictory terms to form a phrase. The phrase “”I am busy doing nothing” is an oxymoron phrase because busy and nothing have completely opposite meanings.

Make a list of oxymorons. Here are some to get started.

Blind eye

Bad luck

Clearly confused

Deafening silence

Definitely maybe

Random order

Original copy

Run slowly

Creative Thinking Prompt: From your list of oxymorons pick five to illustrate. Really exaggerate features to add humor to your picture.

Think Deeper:  Invent a few of your own oxymorons.