Illustration of child in bedroom from the book Ish by Peter H Reynolds

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Peter H. Reynolds

TIP: Use this as a prompt for creative artmaking. Next time your children are making artwork, give them a prompt like "make something house-ish."

This story will teach creative freedom as well as how to respond to others' artwork.

Prompting Questions:

  • Why did Ramon's sister hang all of his artwork on her wall?
  • How did Ramon feel about his artwork at the end of the story?
  • What kind of ish drawing could you make?

Related Creative Activities

Portrait of a man
Lesson Plan

A Portrait of One’s Own

After spending time exploring aspects of the Ancestor Portrait and the importance of ancestor portraits in the Chinese tradition, students will create an ancestor portrait using mixed media materials and present it to the class.

Lesson Plan

Combining Human and Animal Forms

Students will use visual observation skills to carefully examine the Assyrian Bird-Headed Deity limestone relief and explore the movement, sounds, and traits of different animals. They will first explore these aspects in humans and birds of prey, as seen in the limestone relief, and will then do the same with “animals” they create from two or more animals. This lesson enables children to draw upon previous knowledge and imagination in order to act out the movement, sounds, and other traits of the animals they create.