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Creative Thinking Prompt: Ambigram Name

Creative Thinking Prompt: Invent your own font. Use this font to create an ambigram with your name.

Font is a design for a set of characters such as the alphabet using different sizes, italic, and bold. Typeface defines the shape of each character like when we use Arial and Comic Sans to add personality to our letters.

An ambigram is a word that is able to be interpreted from a different direction or perspective. Often used in graphic design, ambigrams play with optical illusions, symmetry and visual perception that include rotational, reflective, and 3-dimensional. A popular ambigram is when flipped horizontally or vertically, it still means the same.

Steps on how to make your own ambigram, visit:

https://designshack.net/articles/graphics/how-to-design-an-ambigram/

Lexie the Word Wrangler

Lexie the Word Wrangler”

Lexie wrangles words instead of cattle. She raises baby letters until they grow into words, lassos words together, herds words into sentences and hitches sentences together to tell a story.

When a rustler turns up, adding letters to words and making other words disappear, ruckus upsets life on the ranch.

The desert turns into a giant dessert.

A rainbow becomes a bow in the sky. Will Lexie capture the rustler?

This book promotes originality, humor, and clever.

TITLE: Lexie the Word Wrangler

AUTHOR: Rebecca Van Slyke

ILLUSTRATOR: Jessie Hartland

PUBLISHER: Nancy Paulsen Books, 2017

AGE GROUP: 6-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: originality, humor, clever

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) You can be a word wrangler, too!

* Rearrange each of these words to form new words. GRATE, SCOPE, APES, ART, ATOM

* Write a list of compound words. Break the words into two words. Write each word on a slip a paper and fold. Put each word into a bag. Select two slips of paper from the bag. Form a new compound word.

* Drop letters from words to form new words.

2) Write a list of 50 words on slips of paper. Fold and put into a bag. Pick 15 words from the bag. Create a short story, using these words. 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Rebecca Van Slyke, visit:

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/188927/rebecca-van-slyke

http://rebeccavanslyke.com/about-me/

To learn more about illustrator Jessie Hartland, visit:

http://jessiehartland.com

Creative Thinking Prompt: Colorforms® – A Timeless Toy

Creative Thinking Prompt: Colorforms® – A Timeless Toy

Since the 1950s, Colorforms® has been inspiring the imaginations of children. Back in 1951, two art students, Harry and Patricia Kislevitz, experimented with a new medium, a flexible vinyl material to use instead of paint. They bought rolls of colorful vinyl, cut out geometric shapes and stuck them to the walls of their bathroom. When guests came over to visit, they added to the Harry and Patricia’s bathroom art creation.

To learn more about Colorforms®, visit:

http://www.colorforms.com/history/

http://www.colorforms.com/videos/

The Invention Process

Step 1: Choose a problem

Step 2: Brainstorm solutions

Step 3: Background research

Step 4: Design and build

Step 5: Test and revise

Creative Thinking Prompt: Using the invention process, invent a new imagination game. After you design and build, have others play your game. What did they like about it? What did they think could be improved? Go back to the drawing board and revise your game again and again, trying out new ideas. What steps and risks did you take to invent something new? Good for you! Pat yourself on the back for persisting and trying something new!

Creative Thinking Prompt: Turning Numbers into Cartoon Art

Creative Thinking Prompt: Turning Numbers into Cartoon Art

Pick a category such as robots, fish, trees, cars, breakfast, etc. Next starting with the number one (1), create a cartoon character for each number, 1–5. Make sure your number is “hidden”.

Think Deeper: Combine numbers to create animals.

Visit this webpage for tutorial and inspiration to transform numbers into animals:

http://www.drawinghowtodraw.com/stepbystepdrawinglessons/tag/number-drawing/

Learning Extensions:

Watch these brief videos that easily show how to turn numbers into cartoon birds:

How to turn Numbers 1-5 into the cartoon birds step by step

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOsZ4994Bmw

 How to turn Numbers 6-9 into the cartoon birds step by step

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

7 Ate 9

7 Ate 9: The Untold Story”

Word on the street is that 7 ate 9 and 7 is after 6. Scared 6 hires a private investigator, Private I, to find missing 7.

Private I searches for 8, who knows zilch.

Next he heads to Café Uno and orders a slice pi. He still needs more data and finds 11, who tells him 7 went on vacation. Things don’t add up.

(endpaper)

Read the rest of the story for the clever, surprise ending.

This book promotes creativity, originality and discovery.

TITLE: 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story

AUTHOR: Tara Lazar

ILLUSTRATOR: Ross McDonald

PUBLISHER: Disney, Hyperion, 2017

AGE GROUP: 6-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, originality, discovery

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Using your favorite number and personification create a number character. Personification is giving human qualities or traits to something non-human. Sketch out your character. Then “dress” your character with color and textures.

2) Write your own fun mystery using these organizers from ReadWriteThink (http://www.readwritethink.org)

http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson865/organizer.pdf

http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson865/guide.pdf

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Tara Lazar, visit:

https://taralazar.com/about/

To learn more about illustrator Ross McDonald, visit:

https://www.ross-macdonald.com/childrens-books/

Creative Thinking Prompt: I See You

Creative Thinking Prompt: I See You

  First, brainstorm different ways that “I see you” can be interpreted.

 Second, combine.

Select from your list a few ways and combine them. Play around with these combinations. Have fun!

  Third, evaluate.

Which combination is most unusual? Which one creates emotion or an “aha” moment? Which one is “boring”? Which one has humor? Can a trait from one be substituted for a trait in another combination? Has you seen this done before? If so, how can you make it original?

 Fourth, elaborate.

Add details to your combination. Extend it.

These are some of my thoughts and where they led as I went through the creative process.

A) eyeball art; play on words I Sea You->  an image of the ocean in the iris of an eye

B) graffiti art; font; text message ICU ->  could mean an emergency room or combine with graffiti art to create images within the letters of ICU to create meaning for I See You

C) body movement; sign language ->  through a telescope or binoculars is an image of you in the sea

 Creative Thinking Prompt: How many ways can you create meaning for “I See You”?

Wonderfall

Wonderfall”

In Wonderfall readers discover how a tree changes through the four seasons. Author/illustrator Michael Hall’s creative free-verse poems substitute the word fall for the suffix –ful to show each change. Colorful illustrations depict each new word.

Event + fall = Eventfall

Force + fall = Forcefall

The back of the book provides additional information about the animals featured in the book as well as the relationship between squirrels, acorns, and trees can be found.

This book promotes creative, inventive, combination, different perspective, and originality.

TITLE: Wonderfall

AUTHOR: Michael Hall

ILLUSTRATOR: Michael Hall

PUBLISHER: Harper Collins Children’s Books, 2016

AGE GROUP: 4-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative, inventive, combination, different perspective, originality

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Close your eyes. What do you imagine when you hear the word Fall? Open your eyes and jot down words describing what you imagined. Remember to use your five senses. Write a free verse poem about Fall. A free verse poem does not follow any rhyming patterns or meters.

Here is a website that shows how to write a free verse:

https://www.poetry4kids.com/news/how-to-write-a-free-verse-poem/

2) Pick 5 words that end with suffix –ful. Change them into –fall words like author Michael Hall did in his story and draw what each word would look like. Example: colorful -> colorfall What does Colorfall look like?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Michael Hall, visit:

http://www.michaelhallstudio.com

http://www.michaelhallstudio.com/pages/books/wonderfall/video.html

Doggone Feet!

Doggone Feet!”

One day Dog follows Legs (who becomes his owner) home from the park. Dog cleans up the floor after Legs and licks his hands clean. They make a great pair until Toes comes home with Legs. Dog doesn’t know what to think about two more feet. “I guess there’s room for four feet,” Dog thinks. Then Boots shows up. And then more feet show up. And more. What’s a dog to do?

From beneath the dining table, Dog tells of his growing family life from his dog-eye point of view. Full of humor and rhyme, read to discover the surprise ending.

This book promotes creativity, originality, and different perspective.

TITLE: Doggone Feet!

AUTHOR: Leslie Helakoski

ILLUSTRATOR: Leslie Helakoski

PUBLISHER: Boyds Mills Press, 2013

AGE GROUP: 4-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, different perspective, originality

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Pick an animal and “see” the world through its eyes. Remember if it’s a small animal the world will look enormous and vice versa for a larger animal. Roleplay – behave like that animal. Now pick an object. How might that object “see” the world around him?

2) Challenge yourself to keep an open-mind when you come across something that you don’t think you’ll like. For example, I didn’t think that I would like to eat baked asparagus with cream cheese but I ended up really liking it. Now it’s a favorite of mine. But if you end up not liking what you try, it’s okay. You experienced it!

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Leslie Helakoski, visit:

https://www.helakoskibooks.com

Watch the book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6Y888XmPh0

Creative Thinking Prompt: Infinite Space Defined

 ©Chul Hyun Ahn

Creative Thinking Prompt: Infinite Space Defined

How do you define space? How might you show (represent) space?

South Korean artist Chul Hyun Ahn enjoys exploring how to define infinite space through his art. He creates portal-looking sculptures using light, mirrors, color and illusion.

    

Images©Chul Hyun Ahn

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

https://www.artsy.net/artist/chul-hyun-ahn/works

https://creators.vice.com/en_us/article/ypn95b/illuminating-infinite-spaces-meet-chul-hyun-ahn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIqBdvrJ4VE

 Think Deeper: Ponder this – If something is infinite, does it have a center point?

Woolbur

Woolbur”

Woolbur doesn’t think or behave like the rest of the flock. He does things his way.

“I carded my own wool,” said Woolbur. “No more tangles.” 

“It’s unheard of!” said Maa.  “I know,” said Woolbur. “Isn’t great?”

His parents don’t understand him. “You must follow the flock, dear. It’s what sheep do.”

Instead Woolbur teaches the other sheep a different way of doing things.

This book promotes humor, creative thinking, taking risks and originality.

TITLE: Woolbur

AUTHOR: Leslie Helakoski

ILLUSTRATOR: Lee Harper

PUBLISHER: Harper Collins Publisher, 2008

AGE GROUP: 5-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, creative thinking, taking risks and originality

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Design a wacky hairstyle for yourself and wear it to school.

2) Pick something that you feel you do well at and teach it to someone else.

3) Invent a game using cottonballs.

 EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Leslie Helakoski, visit:

https://www.helakoskibooks.com

To learn more about illustrator Lee Harper, visit:

http://www.leeharperart.com/leeharperart/Welcome.html