Dreamlines is a fascinating website. You simply type in a keyword or keywords and it generates dream-like images that change and progress before your eyes. Once you enter the keyword, a sphere swings back and forward along an arc, almost hypnotizing you for what's to come. Read more at The Book Chook.
I love to come up with prompts that spark some sort of creativity in kids. A box can be imaginary or real, and the activities it suggests are only limited by children’s imaginations. They might choose one prompt and create a little video or audio presentation about what it suggested to them. They might transform a real box somehow and go on to write a story with that box a key element of the plot. They might get their paints out and go wild with a psychedelic box exterior, or one that represents how they feel about some key issue.
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What sorts of things can you do with a cardboard tube? What does it make you think of? Play a mime game with your friends where each person has a turn to use the cardboard tube to BE something. It could be a comb for a giant, a microphone, or an umbrella.
What kind of noise can you make with a cardboard tube? What could you do to a tube to make it sound different again?
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Here's a new creative prompt in my series that hopes to inspire some creativity in your kids. You can find more creative prompts for children in my list, embedded below. * Observe an animal really carefully but from a safe distance. Jot down all the details you notice about it, sketch it, take photos or all three. What does the animal feel like/look like/sound like/smell like? What do those things remind you of? How does it move? Combine your ideas into a poem. Find more guiding questions and activity suggestions for this animal prompt at The Book Chook.
Design the biggest toy in the world. What might go wrong if such a toy came to life?
Design a very small toy. Can you create a model of it from LEGO, play-dough, cardboard, something else?
Create a toy via a new method you’ve never tried. You might decide to knit or crochet a toy, cook a toy, invent a toy with circuits, code a toy, or some other way. Who might the toy be for? What will you name it?
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Here's another prompt that might encourage your kids/students to create something. What they create is up to them. I might suggest a story, but that story could take the form of a piece of writing, a comic, a storyboard and movie or a composition involving music and dance. Read more at The Book Chook.
Children love LEGO. Why not encourage them to let LEGO be the starting point for some other kind of creative activity? Below you'll find some some ideas kids can use to create something with LEGO, many of which will also involve them in developing literacy and thinking skills. Read more at The Book Chook.
Using something else as a model for our own creative activity is a great idea. I'm not talking about stealing someone else's ideas. I'm talking about piggybacking on an idea to come up with a new one of your own. In future articles, I'll provide a more specific starter. But today, as a warm-up, I want to make a general suggestion that we look at any kind of media, and use it as a prompt or model for some kind of creative expression.Read more at The Book Chook.
Going outdoors to look for a prompt for creative expression can be liberating. I often find if I'm stuck on a story, I am more successful getting unblocked if I go for a walk, have a change of scenery and pace. It's a great way to combine creativity and imagination with fresh air and physical activity. And it can help kids get in touch with their natural environment. Read more at The Book Chook.
Often when we decide to do something creative, we look outside ourselves for an idea, something to start us off. But today I'd like to suggest we indulge in some navel gazing. Let's look inward for our inspiration. Telling others about ourselves lends itself to collage, writing and poster making. Read more at The Book Chook.
"* Today’s prompt asks you to start with a map. What map? Explore a website with old maps and choose one. Invent a character who will go on a journey. Plan the route your character takes. Why does he go on the journey? What problems does she face? How will the story be resolved?
Plan your journey around the world and draw it on National Geographic’s Map Maker.
Use the markers at the same website to show places you would like to visit in Australia.
Blob some paint onto paper and fold the paper in half, smoothing the paint out but not squishing it out. Open up the paper and imagine the painted part is your map of your very own island. Add the details you would like to have on and around your island with pencils or paint. "
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Even though experts tell us it's best to start with the words, not focus on the technology when we're teaching kids, technology can be just the motivation kids need to create something. I believe the fun of using a tool can be reason enough for kids to devise writing to present with it. Read more at The Book Chook.
When I was a child, my most common dream was of myself as a hero with super powers, charged with saving the world. I'm sure a psychiatrist could have some fun with that one! But I've noticed that most kids enjoy thinking about heroes, whether that hero is themselves or someone else. Read more at The Book Chook.
Today, my challenge is to start with geometric shapes. You could try going on a shape walk around your house, yard or neighbourhood, observing and recording shapes. You could piggyback on this idea and visit an art gallery or online source of art, looking for ways other artists have used shapes. You could challenge your child to a constructathon with shape blocks, taking turns to create people, animals and structures using geometric shapes. Read more at The Book Chook.
Today, we're going to choose a word to use as a prompt for some creative activity.
The word can stand for an object, a creature, a feeling or an action. It can be any part of speech. You can decide to choose it deliberately, or let a random word adopt you. Read more at The Book Chook.
We start by developing lists of characters, settings and events. I've done this by writing single elements on cards, having the cards in three separate boxes or hats, and have people choose one from each. Another way is to get your group to partner up and give each other a character, setting and scene. I've given another example in table format above. Read more at The Book Chook.
Questions starting with "what if...?" are so powerful. If you arrive at a place where your creativity seems blocked, try asking yourself some questions that start that way: what if I use plaster in a mould, and carve into that when it's dry? what if my main character meets someone who wants the treasure too? what if I bring the dancers in on both sides of the stage and have them repeat those moves? Read more at The Book Chook.