Get creative with one of the less exciting items found around the house—towels. Use your imagination and some household supplies to turn an old towel into a creature! This activity helps children ask open-ended questions, while flexing their creative thinking skills.
|Hints for uses in your library||Write short bios for each creation, noting each creature’s name, special power, and essential characteristics. Put creatures on display, like an art gallery, with their bios posted. Use circle time and invite children to share out and have a Q&A about their creatures.|
|Originating Source||This activity was contributed by the Center for Childhood Creativity at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. For more information and resources see CenterforChildhoodCreativity.org.|
[Suggest a book]
These children’s books all deal with various themes involved in engineering such as the engineering design process, specific projects such as building bridges or houses, and perseverance through failure.
• Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
• Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty
• Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
• This Bridge Will Not Be Gray by Dave Eggers
• Cross a Bridge by Ryan Ann Hunter
• What To Do With an Idea? By Kobi Yamada
• Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
• Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
• The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
• The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
• How a House is Built by Gail Gibbons