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Celebrate Leonardo da Vinci’s Birthday

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

Today, April 15th, 2016, Leonardo da Vinci turns 564 years old!

Leonardo, a creative thinker, possessed many talents. Most of all, he was curious! In honor of his birthday today, do something inventish, scuplturish, mathematicish, paintish, naturish, or scientificish!

Be Creativish!

Celebrate by reading a little bit about him at http://www.biography.com/people/leonardo-da-vinci-40396

See my previous post on Leonardo da Vinci at http://annkelleywriter.com/index.php/2016/03/04/creative-thinking-prompt-nature-inspired-designs/

Creative Thinking Prompt: Nature Inspired Designs

Creative Thinking Prompt: Nature Inspired Designs


Curiosity seeker Leonardo da Vinci observed nature fanatically, taking notes and drawing sketches in his notebooks. Da Vinci’s nature observations lead him to design inventions that were ahead of his time. His observations of  birds and their wing structures inspired Da Vinci to design a plane and a parachute.




Many of Da Vinci’sdesigns weren’t able to come to fruition because the materials needed to make his inventions weren’t available during his lifetime.

Your challenge is to observe nature – the plants, trees, water sources, and wildlife. Make a list of attributes for each item you observe. From your list, combine two attributes to inspire an invention design of your own.

Think Deeper:


To learn more about Leonardo da Vinci, check out this book:


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