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The Snow Tree

The Snow Tree”

“Little Bear woke and the world around was white.” He wonders where all the colors went and searches for color in this white winter world.

Little Bear’s friends help by bringing colors of nature such as leaves, berries, and feathers to decorate the Snow Tree.

A colorful story about friendship and sharing.

Gorgeous illustrations and embossed pages add texture for readers’ delight as well as the poetic text printed in calligraphy.

This story promotes nature, sharing, and flexible thinking.

TITLE: The Snow Tree

AUTHOR: Caroline Repchuk

ILLUSTRATOR: Josephine Martin

PUBLISHER: Dutton Children’s Books, 1997


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: nature, sharing, flexible thinking


1) Pick 5 colors. How does each color remind you of a memory of yours?

2) How can you bring light to darkness? Brainstorm 10 ways. Here are a few to get your list started: open a door or window, show someone kindness, smile. Next answer the question in reverse – how can you bring darkness to light?


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Creative Thinking Prompt: Kokedama

Creative Thinking Prompt: Make a Hanging Garden

Kokedama is a plant art form from Japan. As a style of bonsai, Kokedama has the plant roots wrapped in moss and bound in string. Originally, kokedama were miniature sculptured bonsai trees displayed in pottery. Today, kokedama has been adapted to a hanging garden from which a variety of plants are suspended in mid-air appearing as if they are floating.

How to make a Kokedama garden, visit:

What Is A Kokedama: Tips On Making Kokedama Moss Balls


Creative Thinking Prompt: Invention Inspired by Nature

Creative Thinking Prompt: Invention Inspired by Nature

What do owls and humpback whales have in common?

Wind turbine blades!

Researchers Ian Clark, William N. Alexander, William J. Devenport, Stewart A. Glegg, Justin Jaworski, Conor Daly, and Nigel Peake looked at an owl’s silent predatory flight for inspiration to reduce the amount of noise that wind blades emitted. They noticed tiny hairs that look like fringe stuck up on wing feathers, which smoothed the air flow into a neat stream. After creating a 3D printed plastic coating that mimics the owl’s feather structure and applying it to the blade, turbine noise was reduced by fifty percent.

Biologist Frank Fish noticed bumps running along the fins on a humpback whale. Fish studied and discovered that these bumps create small vortices that help the fin cut through water. By developing a bumpy edge to a turbine blade, noise is reduced and efficiency increased. This is now known as the turbercle effect.

Edge of a prototype wind turbine blade – Whalepower Corporation

Creative Thinking Prompt: How might an owl or whale influence you to redesign or create a new common household item like a spoon, lawn mower, or bike?