Staying indoors shouldn't mean an end to creativity. Take some time off from the screen and get inspired by the prompts below! The prompts are either an artwork, or lines from a children's book.
Send us your response as a piece of writing (300 words max) or an artwork.
Wednesday, 8th April 2020
This is a painting from over 100 years ago. What do you think of when you see this painting? Send us your response as a writing (300 words max) or an artwork.
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Tuesday, 7th April 2020
Ages 6 to 9 : Lalli’s stomach was growling already. Why couldn’t she have all this wonderful food?
From the book, The Girl Who Ironed Her Hair and other stories by Lalita Iyer
Ages 9 to 12: Kindness is a boomerang. You throw it out and you get it back.
From the book, Evie and the Animals by Matt Haig
Ages 12+: Suddenly, as if from nowhere, a feeble old man limped up to the counter.
From the book, Earthquake Boy by Leela Gour Broome
Monday, 6th April 2020
Ages 6 to 9: Life stopped being cosy for Kosy, the lion, when he lost his teeth.
From the book, The Lizard of Oz and other stories by Khyrunnisa A.
Ages 9 to 12: Peter stopped to take a pebble out of his shoe.
From the book, Circus Shoes by Noel Streatfield.
Ages 12+ : It's not a silly question if you can't answer it.
From the book, Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder.
Sunday, 5th April 2020
Ages 6 to 9: Ickle me, Pickle me, Tickle me too
Went for a ride in a flying shoe.
From the book, Where the Sidewalk Ends - the poems and drawings of Shel Silverstein
Ages 9 to 12: Could anything be more exciting than a journey into the unknown, a voyage of discovery across the great, wide ocean?
From the book, The 13 ½ Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers
Ages 12+ : It’s going to be a long journey, and I don’t know what’s at the other end.
From the book, Running on the cracks by Julia Donaldson
Saturday, 4th April 2020
ages 6 to 9 : Rats have a sense of humor. Rats, in fact think the world is very funny
From the book, The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
ages 9 to 12 : And being different? That turned out to be the best part of all.
From the book, El Deafo by Cece Bell
ages 12+ : Even the silence has a story to tell you. Just listen. Listen.
From the book, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Friday, 3rd April 2020
The boat by Amrita Shergill
Thursday, 2nd April 2020
ages 6 to 9: It was his mother’s birthday today and he had forgotten.
-Dot and Anton by Erich Kastner
ages 9 to 12: A city boy all my life, the paintings really did look like the paradise my mother had promised me.
- Meeting Cézanne by Michael Morpurgo
ages 12+: His face looked weird. Like he was thinking of things that couldn’t be said.
-Ela by Sampurna Chattarji
Wednesday, 1st April 2020
ages 6 to 9 : She wanted to stop by to say hello to the sun.
- Lost & Found in a Mumbai Koliwada by Vinitha & Kripa
ages 9 to 12 : My Uncle Dan’s an inventor, you may think that’s very fine. You may wish he was your Uncle instead of being mine ...
- Meet My Folks! by Ted Hughes
ages 12+ : Do you know what it feels like? It feels like forgetting the earth. It feels like moving the skies.
- Dear Mrs Naidu by Mathangi Subramanian
Tuesday, 31st March 2020
A big thank you to Swati Roy of the Bookaroo Children's Literature Festival for suggesting the prompts for today!
ages 6 to 9 : A spider’s web is stronger than it looks. Although it is made of thin, delicate strands, the web is not easily broken.
- Charlotte's Web by E B White
ages 9 to 12 : All grown-ups were once children... but only few of them remember it.
- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
ages 12+ : Which is better--to have laws and agree, or to hunt and kill?
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Monday, 30th March 2020
Untitled (Benares) by Ram Kumar
Sunday, 29th March 2020
ages 6 to 9 : Ashoka turned to the one with the more shocking appearance. "Why is your beard purple?"
- Ashoka and the Muddled Messages by Natasha Sharma
ages 9 to 12 : It's great. It reminds me of the stupidest thing I have ever done.
- You Wait Till I'm Older Than You by Michael Rosen
ages 12+ : They walked towards the abandoned village. The house was still standing but the trees around looked thin and stunted, as if all the tops have been sheared off.
- Son of the Thundercloud by Easterine Kire
Lockdown Weekend #1 :
28th & 29th March 2020
We are collaborating with our friends at ArtsForward to present a special edition
Artsforward and Think Arts come together to present 'dream a little dream'. We will mark the first lockdown weekend, 28-29 Mar, with little dreams from children, every hour from 8 am to 8 pm on both days.
Submit to email@example.com with your child's name, age, and a few words about the artwork.
Friday, 27th March 2020
We'd like to thank our dear friend, Bijal Vachharajani, author, A Cloud Called Bhura, for suggesting the prompts for today!
ages 6 to 9 : Something about him made her say, 'Okay, we can talk later, Rizu. Maybe after school.'
- Timmi and Rizu by Shals Mahajan
ages 9 to 12 : Silver-quick, the big shark slurped
- Tickle Me, Don't Tickle Me and other poems for magnificent, turbo-loaded, triple-charged children by Jerry Pinto
ages 12+ : 'His Excellency is sleeping,' she replied grandly. 'He cannot be disturbed.'
- Gravepyres School for the Recently Deceased by Anita Roy
Thursday, 26th March 2020
ages 6 to 9: Moin poured water on the monster's head, and began to rub shampoo on its hair. Suddenly a very scary thing happened.
- Moin and the Monster by Anushka Ravishankar
ages 9 to 12: Turning the corner, she stood still, taking stock. Ahead of her, the canyon narrowed, its steep, high walls closing in around the river from both sides.
- Taranauts: The Race for the Glo Rubies by Roopa Pai
ages 12+ : I don't think there's anything wrong being a dreamer.
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Wednesday, 25th March 2020
This painting, Sky Blue by Wassily Kandinsky, is an early example of abstract art. What do you think about it?
Tuesday, 24th March 2020
ages 6 to 9:
We are now about to visit the most marvellous place and see the most wonderful things.
- James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
ages 9 to 12:
Soon it was the time of the monsoon. Big black clouds kept piling up, and thunder rolled over the hills.
- The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond
Out on the horizon, storms flashed over the sea, so distant, we could not hear the rumble of thunder loudly nor see the rolling clouds and flashes of light forking up.
- The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Monday, 23rd March 2020
ages 6 to 9 :
Bala was tired; he had walked a long way. He sat down to rest his legs.
- Bookasura: The Adventures of Bala and the Book Eating Monster by Arundhati Venkatesh
ages 9 to 12 :
I thought nothing could get into my tent, but I was wrong.
- Tigers for Dinner by Ruskin Bond
ages 12+ :
It was when I moved towards the door that I screamed. Loud enough to shake the entire building from its very foundations.
- Hot Chocolate is Thicker Than Blood by Rupa Gulab
Weekend, 21st & 22nd March 2020
Many thanks to our friends at Bookworm, Goa for suggesting the writing prompts for this weekend.
ages 6 to 9 :
I saw the river Narmadaji every day from my house. It was lovely! I saw water, earth, wind and sky. All inside a square frame.
- Syed Haider Raza by Syed Haider Raza, published by Katha.
ages 9 to 12 :
He would think of a story and paint its many events in one picture. It could be about what was happening in the world, or about imaginary things.
- K.G Subramanyan's Story Paintings by Sara Vetteth, published by Tulika.
ages 12+ :
It is like magic. I sit in one place with paper and pen, and it is my hand that starts to move. Lines, dots, more lines and more dots, and you have a picture. I can bring to life things that I have seen and known, but also things that I imagine. I can even bring the two together.
- Drawing from the City, based on the oral stories of Tejubehan. Drawings by Tejubehan. English text by V. Geetha & Gita Wolf, published by Tara Books.
Friday, 20th March 2020
Here is a painting by an artist who was born nearly 100 years ago - what do you think about it?
Thursday, 19th March 2020
(These lines are from books by award winning children's authors.)
Ages 6 to 9: Can you see Brian, the invisible boy?
- The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
Ages 9 to 12: The sky was darkening. Great glorious streaks of red and gold hung over the city.
- The Boy Who Climbed Into The Moon by David Almond
Ages 12+: What were weeds, really? Korok thought he must know.
- Year of the Weeds by Siddhartha Sarma