Creative Thinking Prompt: Paint Blots
What do you see in the above paint blot? I see a person facing left and a person facing right. Traditionally, ink blots are blotted patterns of spilled ink that are used in personality tests. Instead of using black ink, I used gold paint. And we will use blots for fun – to feed our imaginations.
I see a praying mantis and a dinosaur skull. What do you see?
I see a maple leaf. When I turn it upside-down, I see a turtle. What do you see?
Create your own paint blots. Fold a piece of paper in half. Unfold it. On one half of the paper, place a few blobs of paint. Fold the paper and pat your hand over the paper. Unfold. What images do you see? Turn the paper 90 degrees. What do you see now? Turn it again. What do you see again? Ask others what they see? How does their interpretations differ from yours?
“All Year Round”
In All Year Round, author Susan Katz creates whimsical, rhyming poems that teach shapes, seasons, and the twelve months of the year – all rolled into one. Each month is paired with a shape. March is paired with an oval.
July and summer are paired with a rectangle.
Eiko Ojala’s 3-D illustrations make you want to jump into the book.
This book promotes concepts, making connections, nature and flexible thinking.
TITLE: All Year Round
AUTHOR: Susan Katz
ILLUSTRATOR: Eiko Ojala
PUBLISHER: Orchard Books, 2016
AGE GROUP: 3-6
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: flexible thinking, nature, making connections
1) What’s your favorite shape? What is your favorite month of the year? Connect your shape and month – what do they share in common?
2) How many shapes can you think of? Brainstorm for at least ten minutes, making a list of all the shapes you can think up. Pick six shapes from your list and use them together to form an image.
To learn more about author Susan Katz, visit:
To learn more about illustrator Eiko Ojala, visit:
“Frida and Bear Play the Shape Game”
Best friends Frida and Bear love to draw until one day Bear runs out of ideas. Frida draws a strange shape.
Bear draws the shape into a dog.
And the Shape Game begins. Bear hands Frida a twig. She draws wings around the twig to create a butterfly. The friends take turns drawing and inventing new pictures.
This story promotes imagination, flexible thinking, making connections, and creative expression.
TITLE: Frida and Bear Play the Shape Game
AUTHOR: Anthony Browne
ILLUSTRATOR: Hanne Bartholin
PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2015
AGE GROUP: 4-7
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, flexible thinking, making connections, creative expression
1) Draw an unusual shape. Have your partner transform it into something else. Take turns drawing.
2) Play the Shape Game from the book to create an entire new world.
To learn more about author Anthony Browne, visit:
Hanne Bartholin is a Danish illustrator and recipient of the Danish Ministry of Culture Illustration Prize.
Here’s a previous post about a drawing game called Squiggles.