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Creative Thinking Challenge #2

Yay!! It is time for the next Creative Thinking Challenge prompt!

Today is International Dot Day inspired by the Dot by  Peter H. Reynolds .  

Here is one of the many wonderful things I found on his website:

Everyone is different, so let this be a source of inspiration, not a recipe or “how to” guide. Follow your own process, your own path… and let your stories flow!

I love what he says about Creative Thinking in the Ideas/Tips area of his website: 

Creative thinking is the fuel for getting things going.

I know I have mentioned the story in a blog post earlier this week that Peter H. Reynolds told in the ReadTV interview about how the dot which inspired the book was not something that he expected to happen …

I am not sure why I can’t get that interview and what he says about the inspiration for the book out of my head …

And in the book … just a dot inspires that students so much …. and she passes along the unexpected gift of inspiration!

 After reading the book, my 6 year old daughter has been doing art projects with dots all week, and I even convinced my boss to let me read the book at the end of our weekly staff meeting! Celebri-Dots is a site is filled with other authors, illustrators, and celebrities who share in the dream of a more creative world. It features dots they have created!

So the challenge prompt this time (you have some options)

  • Go read the book (or find a reading of it from Peter H. Reynolds or a stopmotion version of it on youtube) and then share the ideas you have about ways you can make your mark, even or especially if it is just starting in a simple way!
  • Create a dot of your own using any materials, objects, and colors! Please take a picture of your dot and share it with us (even include a link to where you shared it).

Since creativity and creative thinking can and should happen all the time, if you don’t get a dot created today, that is fine … whever you are inspired, please come share … you never know when your creation may inspire someone else!

I have shared blog posts with ideas related to this book all week. Here are a few of them:


I  post a Creative Thinking Challenge prompt on the 1st and the 15th of each month.

I would love for you to participate …

     … even if you don’t think you are very creative

     … the point of these prompts is to get the creative juices flowing 

     … even if that only means letting small ideas begin to trickle out

I encourage you to post your response to the prompt somewhere and then link it back here so we can all offer support to each other for our creative efforts (big or small)

I find that I get lots of new ideas from looking at the things others have done … and I bet we all interpret the prompts in unique ways.

There is no time limit or due date … unless you need one for motivation.

I list the bi-monthly prompts and posts with the links on a tab at the top of the blog so you can always go back and try ones from the past!

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