Creative’s Inspiration 30 Writing and Artist Prompts for the Harvest Season


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This instant digital download offers 30 prompts to help inspire your creativity!

Writers and poets, artists, and musicians! If you’re a creative, then this is a great resource for you.

Harvest Inspirations is exactly that, open-ended inspiration, with tools to help you get unblocked, change your perspective, or challenge yourself to keep things interesting.

It starts with 30 Harvest-related prompts that are perfect for the harvest season (Thankfulness, Squirrels, Parade, Family Gathering, etc.) if those are enough to spark your creativity then go with it! If you need a little more, that’s okay too! There’s a ‘Perspective Page’ that gives you some questions to ask yourself with 6 examples! Then there’s the ‘Try This’ page, that gives you 20 activities that you can do with each and every prompt, that’s 600 possibilities, and that’s not even including the ‘Workout Web’, ‘Blockbuster Pages’ and ‘Create A Comic/StoryBoard’ page!

As a creative who has been educating for 25 years, I know that creativity is one of the unsung fundamentals of an intelligent mind. Whether you’re a Creative looking for inspiration, a student (of any age) looking to build your brain and skills, or a teacher trying to inspire creativity without blocking it, this publication is for you.

This 9 page document has 1 printer friendly chart of words, and 1 chart with a fall inspired picture background.
1 Perspectives Page filled with suggestions for using 6 of the words.
1 Try This page filled with 20 ways the words can be used.
3 Printer friendly pages to help work your thoughts out.

Pages are not editable.

For personal use only. Print as many pages as you need, but do not resell this file or any printed material for profit.

Do not share this file with others.

Copyright © by Fran W and Funschooling Press. All rights reserved.

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Tangle & Zentangle Art


Art and meditation can take on many forms and Zentangle patterns combine both of these awesome things in a creative way. 

If this idea has piqued your interest, there are a few rules you’ll need to know before you begin drawing with dots, lines, curves, S-curves, and orbs, and the sites offered below will help you gain an understanding of how to use them to create Zentangle art. 


You’ll find some videos at the bottom of this post that offer instructions on how to make these designs as well.


Note: Please feel free to play with the concept of only using dots, lines, curves, S-curves and orbs to make art as well. Consider it a challenge to only use those things in a drawing!

To start creating, you will need: Paper, a pencil, a fine-tipped pen, and an ultra fine-tipped pen

You will also need: A ruler and scissors to cut paper into 3.5″ squares or tiles.

Sites to learn from…


Zentangle – Learn how to get started with this meditative art from the people who designed it.


IAMBORED: 30+ Easy Zentangle Patterns to Give You Great Ideas For Your Own Zentangle Art – Answers the question: What is Zentangle? and offers some interesting pattern ideas.


Craft Whack: Inspired by Zentangle Patterns and Starter Pages – Offers printable patterns and ideas for making the designs created a little more interesting.


wikiHow to Make a ZentangleExplains what a Zentangle is and the difference between a Zentangle and a doodle.


Renee Tougas: A Beginners Guide To Beginning Zentangle  – The author of this site shares her experience with Zentangle, as a beginner.


TanglePatterns: From the site: An index and graphic guide to the best Zentangle® patterns on the web and how to draw them. Also, What is a Zentangle? and why a pattern is not always a tangle.

Art For Kids & Robots: Totally Easy Zentangle – This site offers a couple of kid-friendly Zentangle activities.

Tim’s Printables: Circle Templates, Pentagon Template 3″, Triangle Template 3″, Kite Template 3″, Square Template 3″ Use the templates to design creative drawings within or on the outside of the template.

YouTube: Tangle & Zentangle Art Playlist – Includes videos for beginners and advanced designers and pattern ideas.

Here’s one of the videos in the list…


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Ed Emberley


Ed Emberley – Ed Emberley’s webpage contains biographical information about the author, a list of books he’s written, and some fun things to do.

Ed Emberley Drawing Pages: – The main page of Ed Emberley’s page contains something fun to draw. Scroll down to the bottom and click on “older pages” to see some of the other things available to visitors.

Wikipedia: Ed Emberley – Biographical information about Ed Emberley.

Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Circle – Make fun scenes with a simple circle cut in a variety of ways.

YouTube: Ed Emberley Playlist – Watch interviews with the author, and look at some examples of his books.
Here’s one of those great videos…


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A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Perhaps you’ve heard that a picture is worth 1000 words, I say a picture can be worth so much more than that because it is a wonderful way to inspire creative stories.
Use this picture to inspiration to your imagination.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

Where does this little guy live and what’s he up to?

Where is he going?

What is he looking for?

Who is he going to meet up with?

What do you think he does for fun?

Tell, draw, or write a story about this squirrel.



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Carton Creations

For this challenge you will need:

A clean milk or juice carton


Craft supplies: Construction paper, scissors, glue, scissors, markers, ruler, pencil, paint, paint brush, etc.


A craft knife and another other things you feel you need to make your creation.

Tips


This is an open-ended activity, so pretty much anything goes.

The carton can be cut or used in any way.

No one can get hurt by the creation.

Younger children may need supervision while doing this activity.

More than one carton can be used for this project.

Suggestions

If a little inspiration is needed, consider the following ideas:

A game, building/town, planter, animal, catapult, instrument, bird feeder, diorama, lantern, vehicle, desk organizer, alien or another creative creature, etc.




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Think Quick Challenge: ABC Version


This Think Quick Challenge makes learning, and using, the alphabet much more fun and interesting. Plus it keeps you on your mental toes!

You will need: A plain set of alphabet cards, tiles, dice, blocks, etc., and a container

Letters can be written on index cards or printed from Activity Village.
Optional: Timer, pencil, and paper

Place all the letters in the container and have a player choose one to start the game, after you decide which version you would like to play.

Here are the challenge choices…

  • Have a player choose a letter and then say 5 words that start with that letter as quickly as possible (set fair time limits for the players that need extra time). Set the letter aside when the player’s turn is over. The next player will choose a new letter and say 5 words in a the time allowed them. The play continues until all the letters have been used.  Alternately, one player can choose a letter and all the players can take turns saying a word that begins with that letter as quickly as possible until someone gets stumped. Offer a time limit of 3-5 seconds.
  • One player can choose a letter and all the players can write or draw 5 things that begin with that letter within 30 seconds or a predetermined time. Optional Challenge: Players can cancel out duplicate words as they share what they wrote or drew. Decide on a scoring system.
  • Choose a letter and find 2-5 objects around the house that begin with that letter as quickly as possible. Decide on a time limit and a point system.
  • Start with a category such as an animal, something that flies, a story, movie, song, country, etc. and say 2-5 things that begin with the letter chosen. Write, draw or take turns saying answers.\
  • Make up your own fun and challenging version and write down the rules so you can play it again later. Come up with a time limit and a scoring system to make the game more interesting.



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Make Your Own What’s Missing Picture

Play this game inside or out. Here’s what you’ll need to make the picture or play the game…

A camera and 10-20 different items

Optional: Paper, something to draw with, and stickers.

Camera Version: Put your items on a table or in the grass and take a picture. Remove one or two items and take another picture. Give the pictures to someone and ask them to tell you what’s missing. Take a variety of pictures to make multiple puzzles for people to solve. Remove 5+ items to make it more challenging. Items can be moved around as well.

Picture/Sticker Version: Draw a picture then draw the same picture and add to it or take things away. Incorporate stickers into your picture.

Multiplayer Version: If you have multiple players, gather up a bunch of items, then have one player lay them out any way they like. Give the other players 30-60 seconds to see what’s there and how they are displayed, then ask the players to turn around.
The person who set up the table can take an item and hide it or move it. Ask the other players to turn around and take turns saying what’s missing or different.

Start with one item and move on to more. The player who guesses correctly
should be able to take a turn removing/moving items.

Tip: Consider taking a picture of the items before anything is moved.



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Creative Inspirations #2

Each month I like to offer my kids a bunch of activities that’ll spark their imagination and creativity. I think the stories and activities a person can come up with when offered an open-ended idea is amazing. 

For this activity, you will need: Drawing & craft supplies, an audio/video device, paper, and pencil


The two words for this month are:

 Spark & Heatwave 

What can be done with the words?


These words can be used alone, or mixed and matched in any way to inspire stories, and then expressed in the form of a poem, diorama, dance, song, musical composition, skit, a dramatic expression, sculpture, a structure of some kind, or something else of the person’s choosing. 

Tips & Suggestions

 Creativity is the main goal for this activity, there aren’t any limits.

Use a thesaurus to find different ways to use the words. Use related words too.

Anything can be written, but don’t forget that pictures and actions can tell a story too. 

A story can be recorded with an audio/video device.

A great way to combine multiple recording methods is to narrate an illustrated story, and capture it all on an audio/video device so it can be enjoyed again later!

Play this activity inside or out!

If you need some inspiration, consider the following ideas:

Come up with a news report about a heatwave going on in your area or somewhere else. Make props to go with your story and maybe some video footage to go along with it.

A spark can be a great idea. Pretend you get a bright idea and act it out. Record your actions. Add music. Include props. 

Create a character with the name ‘Spark’ or ‘Heatwave’, then write a story, create a comic, or make a drawing about one of his or her adventures. Consider making a diorama too!

Draw on a personal experience about either of these words. Something you saw, felt, touched, heard, etc..


Be creative and have fun.


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Hoop Challenge

Today, I’m offering you a challenge that includes any size hoop or ring! 

The object of this challenge is for you to do something creative with one or more hoops or rings. 

Here are the rules for the challenge…

The hoop/ring can be any size.

The hoop/ring can be made from any material: Rope, plastic, tubing, wood, etc.

Play inside or out.

Play so no one gets hurt.

Nothing should get broken that shouldn’t.

Need a little inspiration?


Make up some kind of dance that includes a hoop or many hoops.

Come up with a one of a kind game that includes or feature hoops.

Design an obstacle course that includes a hoop, or several hoops.

Make up an activity for the pool that includes a hoop/ring.

Use a hoop as a goal or target.

Use a hoop as a game piece.

Make up some tricks.

If you would like to learn more about the history of hula hoops and get some ideas for things that can be done with them, check out this post on Funschooling & Recreational Learning.



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Animal Antics – Game

To play Animal Antics, you will need: A deck of letter cards or letter tiles (A-Z),
and a container.

A color or black and white set can be printed from here.

You may also write letters on index cards.

Directions: Put all the letters in a container, have players close their eyes before choosing a letter, then act out an animal that begins with that letter.

Tips & Suggestions

Turn this into an Animal Charades game by allowing players to guess what’s being acted out.


Play indoors or out. 

Try this game in a pool too!


To liven things up, have players choose a category before starting the game such as…


Marine/Aquatic Animals           Desert Animals           Arctic Animals 

Jungle Animals          Grassland Animals           Forest Animals

Fish          Birds          Insects          Reptiles          Etc.
    



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