Take a moment and look out your window. Really! Look out the window at the world just beyond your door. What do you see? I see snow falling on an already snow-covered ground. Winter fun! Use whatever you see outside as inkspiration. Here are some ideas:
- Write a letter to Santa alerting him to the weather in your area. He may appreciate your extra help as he makes final plans for his trip!
- Kuumba, the KiSwahili word for creativity, is one of the Seven principles of Kwanzaa. Use this inkspiration to practice and reflect on Kuumba — today, during Kwanzaa, and every day!
- Use what you see through your window as a setting for a story.
- Use the scene to remember. When, for example, was the last time you played in the snow? Write about it!
- Notice something happening? Write the next step in the action — or the step before!
- Write an explanation. For example, How does it snow? Write a scientific or mythical explanation.
- Describe and draw a creature that could live in this scene.
- Pick a spot to observe throughout the day. Perhaps a particular square in your window pane? Revisit your window throughout the day. Keep track in your journal of the changes you see in a small area.
- If you can, get outside and observe your small area up close. Use all of your senses to describe the spot. If you can’t get outside, imagine how the spot sounds, feels, smells, tastes.
Nothing sparking your inkspiration outside your own window? Then write about this view outside the windows of the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indiana:
Happy Creating! Be sure to share what you create!