Friday, May 24, 2019

Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with a Secret Power


by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com



Because the Children’s Book Week theme for 2019 in Australia is “Reading is my Secret Power”, I’ve brainstormed some prompts that use the idea of a “secret power” to nudge kids towards some kind of creative activity. The deal is to use my ideas simply as a springboard to any kind of creativity, and the more, the better. 


Whether kids are drawing, composing music, designing graphics, embroidering, sculpting, choreographing, writing, telling digital stories, decorating a cake, making a movie or designing the set for a play, they are thinking creatively and expressing themselves. And that’s just as exciting as having reading as a secret power! Far below, you’ll find the list of all my other creative prompts.

* If you could choose any one secret power, which one would it be? Would you choose super strength? The ability to fly? The power to read minds? Write a list of all the good things about your power. Now write a list of the problems it might cause. Which list is longer?

* Secrets are important. But sometimes we trust a few people with a secret. Write a list of people you would trust with a secret and keep the list somewhere secret.

* Which superheroes do you know that have secret powers? What makes a power secret anyway?

* Work together with your friends to create a list of special powers that could also be secret powers. Have a vote to choose the top three secret powers.

* Make a play about a character with the secret power of being able to transform into an insect.

* Choose a simple catchy tune and change the words to something about a secret power. Teach your new song to your friends and work out a way to present it to an audience.

* Create a cartoon about a character who believes he/she has a secret power, but doesn’t.

* Paint a picture of yourself using your secret power(s).

* Imagine a machine that can give people secret powers. Draw your machine, and label it.

* What if you had the secret power to walk through walls? What might go wrong? Create a cartoon about it.

* List some secret powers. Now invent a name that would go with each. For instance, one secret power a hero could have might be being able to transform into reptile form. Her name could be Leapin’ Lizard Woman. Choose one hero from your list, write a description about them, and draw them.

* Imagine that you had a secret power where everything you touched turned to gold. How would you feel? Would you be excited, happy, feel safe? What sort of problems could you have? Write the story.

* Bake a cake and decorate it with a secret power theme.

📚You might also be interested in Children’s Book Week 2019, Activities and Resources.

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