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Creative Thinking Prompt: Sand Castles

Creative Thinking Prompt: Sand Castles

Whether you go to the beach or play in the sand at your local park, get ready to be inspired by these sand castles.



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Creative Thinking Prompt: Design a sand castle that serves a purpose. Who would live in your sand castle? How is your castle protected? What rooms does your castle need? Where would your castle be built? Why is your castle being built? How will your castle stay intact? Give your castle a name. Sketch your castle. Then build it!

A Child of Books

“A Child of Books

A Child of Books, a lyrical story written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston inspires readers to create, wonder, imagine and explore.

Opening line: “I am a child of books. I come from a world of stories.”

“We can lose ourselves in forests of fairy tales.”


“We will travel over mountains of make-believe.”

The illustrations use text from classic tales to create images of tree branches, mountains and the ocean.

This book promotes imagination and wonder.

TITLE: A Child of Books

AUTHOR: Oliver Jeffers, Sam Winston

ILLUSTRATOR: Oliver Jeffers, Sam Winston

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2016


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder


1) With permission, cut out words from a magazine or discarded book, use this clipped text to form shapes and images.

2) What is your favorite story? Make a list of your favorite books and share it with your friends.


To learn more about Oliver Jeffers, visit:


To learn more about Sam Winston, visit:


What’s That Noise? (This Book Is Calling You…)

What’s That Noise? (This Book Is Calling You…)

An interactive sensory book, What’s That Noise?, has readers use their fingers to go on an adventure.

Fingers make sounds as they follow the trail of dashed lines and dots to catch the noise that is calling out.

Watch out for what’s hiding at the end of this book!

This book promotes creativity and originality.

TITLE: What’s That Noise?”

AUTHOR: Isabel Minhós Martins

ILLUSTRATOR: Madalena Matoso

PUBLISHER: Tate Publishing, 2016


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, originality


1) Go on a sound walk with someone. During your walk, listen for all the noises you hear. Both you and your friend each make a list of the sounds. Did you both hear the same sounds? The next day go on the same walk and see if you hear the same sounds or new ones.

2) Think up an invention that someone can use while going on a trip. What is the purpose of your invention? What type(s) of sound would your invention make? Name your invention.

3) Pretend you are traveling to another country or a different city or a different part of town than the one you live in. What types of noises might you hear?


To learn more about author Isabel Minhós Martins, visit:


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Creative Thinking Prompt: I Wonder Notebook

Creative Thinking Prompt: I Wonder Notebook

Do you ever wonder? I certainly do. Poet Pablo Neruda writes about unanswerable wonders in his book, THE BOOK OF QUESTIONS (written for adults).

“From where does the thundercloud come with its black sacks of tears?

How many questions does a cat have?

Does smoke talk with the clouds?

Why do trees conceal the splendor of their roots?”

This book inspired me to create a notebook (I’m a big fan of notebooks) and title it, My Wonders.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Make A Wonder Notebook

Brainstorm a list of 100 questions that you wonder about. These questions can be answerable or unanswerable.

Decorate and personalize your notebook. To begin your notebook, brainstorm 100 questions of things you wonder about. Write these questions in your notebook. You can include sketches if you want.

Think Deeper: Look at the above wonders of Pablo Neruda and use your imagination to invent answers.

To learn more about Pablo Neruda, visit:



Picture book author Monica Brown wrote PABLO NERUDA: POET OF THE PEOPLE

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create Mandala Art

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create Mandala Art

Creating a mandala can be a form of meditation and relaxation while getting your creativity on. They can be as simple or as elaborate as you want. They are made using different types of materials from paper and pens to crystals, stone, reused materials, etc. A mandala can be singular or many grouped together as one like the photo below of Suzan Drummen’s mandala.

©Suzan Drummen

Netherland artist Suzan Drummen uses crystals, mirrors and precious stones to make her mandalas. She relies on her sense of space and the light to build her patterns to create her art.

To see more images of Suzan Drummen’s mandalas, visit:


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Creative Thinking Prompt: Create a Mandala Using Geometric Shapes

Materials Needed:  pencil, marker, protractor, compass, paper

Decide what shapes you would like to use. You can add designs to your shapes as you create your mandala.

Follow these steps at https://www.art-is-fun.com/how-to-draw-a-mandala to make your own mandala and to download free mandala coloring pages.

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Creative Thinking Prompt: I Wonder


Creative Thinking Prompt: I Wonder

Today these are the things I wonder about:

I wonder…

why pickles taste sour

how high butterflies soar

how many grass blades are in my yard

do worms feel coldness

why do I like milk chocolate sometimes and other times I only eat dark chocolate

how does my phone know how to spell words better than me

who said 1+1=2

what if my bike had three wheels parallel to each other, would I ride safer

why does peanut butter and jelly taste good to some people and not others

what would it be like to be Benjamin Franklin’s apprentice

why do we grin when we feel happy and frown when we are sad

how our brains store our memories and why I can’t remember certain things like geometry

what would happen if I mixed dirt, sand and paint together

why I can’t run as fast as a cheetah

if I lived in an alternate universe would I have a superpower

What do you wonder?

Create your own I wonder list. Think up as many wonders as you can in 15 minutes. Then pick one wonder and discover the answer using your imagination and different resources such as experts and books.

Think Deeper: In a month or two or even three, create another list. Did you have any new wonders? Did you find any answers to your original I wonder list?

How Does Your Garden Grow?


My Garden”

A daughter helps her mother tend her garden and wonders what she would grow in her own garden. She imagines chocolate bunnies, seashells, buttons,


ever-blooming patterned flowers,


a jellybean bush…and definitely no carrots. What would you grow in your garden?

This story promotes imagination and wonder.

TITLE: My Garden

AUTHOR: Kevin Henkes


PUBLISHER: Greenwillow Books, 2010


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder


1) Imagine a garden where anything (fictional or real) could grow, what would you grow in your garden? Sketch your garden with at least 5-7 plants that you would grow. Give a name to your garden.

2) When it is said that someone has a green thumb, it means that person is really good at growing plants. What if that saying was changed? What could that mean? Invent a definition for having a yellow ring finger.

3) Create a new vegetable or fruit by combining two or three vegetables or fruits. What would it taste like, look like, feel like, smell like? What would it be used for? For example: jalapeno + carrot = spicy hot brown carrot that can be eaten as a snack and used in salads and salsas for an extra spicy crunch


To learn more about author/illustrator Kevin Henkes, visit:


Creative Thinking Prompt: An Upside-Down House


Creative Thinking Prompt:  An Upside-Down House

Imagine living in a house that was built upside-down. How would you move from room to room? Where would your bed be placed in your bedroom? Would chairs and tables float on ceilings?

Visit this link to see more of this Upside-Down House located in Siberia: http://www.fubiz.net/en/2014/12/26/upside-down-house-in-siberia/

What would the world be like if the Earth flipped upside down -the North Pole would be in the South Pole and the South Pole would be in the North Pole?

What would it be like if humans were upside down – we walked on our hands and our feet swung in the air?

What would it be like if houses and buildings had their ceiling as floors and the floors were the ceiling?

What if it rained upside-down?

Think Deeper: What else can you think of that can be turned upside-down? How could you use those upside-down items?

Making Origami Science Experiments


Use origami (paper folding) to perform scientific experiments and test hypotheses. From a dish soap racing boat to a table kite to a fan, readers practice origami folds to test science concepts such as surface tension, water molecules, air resistance, gravity and mass.


This story promotes creative problem solving, wonder, discovery and combination.

TITLE: Making Origami Science Experiments Step by Step

AUTHOR: Michael G. LaFosse

ILLUSTRATOR: Michael G. LaFosse

PUBLISHER: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc., 2004


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative problem solving, wonder, discovery, combination.


1) A hypothesis is a guess. Develop a hypothesis that you’d like to test. Then design an experiment to prove or disprove your hypothesis. After you’ve completed your experiment, what new questions do you have? Will you create a new hypothesis?

2) Fold a piece of paper. Smaller and smaller… How many times can you fold the paper? Could this folding go on indefinitely or will it stop?

3) To create origami art, visit this link: http://www.origami-instructions.com


To learn more about author/illustrator Michael G. LaFosse, visit: http://www.origamido.com

Harold’s Circus

Harold's Circusbookcover

“Harold’s Circus”

Harold and his purple crayon are back with a new adventure – the circus. Come along as Harold performs circus acts from bravest lion tamer to trapeze artist to tightrope walker to human cannonball.


Oops! What will Harold draw to save himself as he tumbles through air?

This story promotes creativity, imagination, discovery and humor.

TITLE: Harold’s Circus

AUTHOR: Crockett Johnson

ILLUSTRATOR: Crockett Johnson

PUBLISHER: Harper Collins Publishers 1987, 1959


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, imagination


1) What do you think would happen to the story if Harold used a color other than purple? Whey do you think Crockett Johnson chose to use a purple crayon?

2) If you were a circus performer, which act would you perform and why?

3) Spend some time researching different circus acts. What is it about these acts that draw an audience’s attention? Invent a new circus act.


To learn more about author/illustrator Crockett Johnson, visit: