I found this cute little story about a porcupine who has a bunch of friends at graduation with balloons but her teacher won't let her have one because...well, as her teacher puts it: quills + balloon=trouble. She tries different ways to cover her quills then comes up with a creative way the teacher can't resist.
I asked my kiddos to come up with another way Isabel could have gotten her balloon. Most of them talked about being sweet to the teacher...hmmm, does that really work? But some came up with some interesting ideas. Most of all, I think the activity made them think a little bit-I think I saw some smoke coming out of their ears! :)