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Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci

Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci”

Through observing nature, people, and the world around him, Leonardo da Vinci was inspired to design inventions. Although he never saw his inventions created, he was a thinker before his time.

This book compares Leo’s design inventions from over 500 years ago to modern day inventions like the two level truss bridge, the parachute, and contact lenses.

This book promotes creative person, invention, and curiosity.

TITLE: Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci

AUTHOR: Gene Barretta

ILLUSTRATOR: Gene Barretta

PUBLISHER: Henry Holt and Company, 2009

AGE GROUP: 6-9

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative person, invention, curiosity

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Try to replicate one of Da Vinci’s designs using materials you find around your home.

2) Try out Da Vinci’s parachute design using a triangle shape for the parachute.

3) Redesign a glider. Make a list of the things that you would like your glider to do. Try out several of your designs to see which ones can do the actions from your list.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Gene Barretta, visit:

http://www.genebarretta.com/about/

Creative Thinking Prompt: Invention of Color

Creative Thinking Prompt: Invention of Color

Pick your favorite color.

Now, pick something from each of these categories that is the same as your favorite color.

toy

flying

bedroom

classroom

jungle animals

books

birthday party

food

Combine these eight things by taking different parts to invent something new.

Draw out your invention.

What does it do? What is its name?

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.