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Imagine

Want a successful time in school for your little ones?

Then grow your children's imagination to be as big as a 4 kilometer mango cow (an answer that was given to me when I asked what color and size of animal was on Old MacDonald's Farm).

A big imagination helps with problem solving and learning. Nurture dreams and knowledge through games, dramatic play and storytelling.

Each day this week as "What if...?" about a story or song your regularly share.

Sing
Mix-up the songs you sing. What lyric could be added to Wheels on the Bus?
The tigers on the bus go roar, roar, roar! Five little cookies sitting in jar instead of monkeys sitting in a tree?
The bowl went to zumba class with the fork. There are no limits on silly and growing vocabulary!

Talk
Ask your children about their dreams. What would you do if you could do anything?
Where would you go if you could go anywhere? Imagination is very empowering.
It can turn a sad day into a joyful one.

Play
Pretend to talk on the phone, run a restaurant, fly a spaceship and anything else your children have an interest in.
Dramatic play helps children practice real-like skills and gets them talking and telling stories.

Write
Draw, take turns and label. What did you make? An elephant. Great E-l-e-p-h-a-n-t.
You may not see any elephant, but that does not stop children from imagining it and making it.

Read
Use books to get children dreaming and playing.


Stars by Mary Lyn Ray
Amazon Says: A star is how you know it’s almost night. As soon as you see one, there’s another, and another. And the dark that comes doesn’t feel so dark. What if you could have a st more...
Amazon Says: A star is how you know it’s almost night. As soon as you see one, there’s another, and another. And the dark that comes doesn’t feel so dark. What if you could have a star? From acclaimed author Mary Lyn Ray and two-time Caldecott Honor winner Marla Frazee comes this tender, evocative—and profound—exploration of stars both near and far. less...
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If... by Sarah Perry
Amazon Says: In her first book, artist Sarah Perry has created twenty magical watercolors that are an open invitation to the imaginations of children. Beautifully produced in full color, t more...
Amazon Says: In her first book, artist Sarah Perry has created twenty magical watercolors that are an open invitation to the imaginations of children. Beautifully produced in full color, these fantastic images conjure up a world of limitless possibilities where anything can happen: leaves turn into green fish...cats fly about on wings...and butterflies become a little girl's coat of many colors. Children of all ages will enjoy this book, the Getty Museum's first co-publication with the Children's Library Press of Venice, California. less...
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It's a Tiger! by David LaRochelle
Amazon Says: Kids and parents alike will rejoice in this lively read-aloud picture book, as the main character runs into (and away from) a tiger over and over again as the plot gets sillie more...
Amazon Says: Kids and parents alike will rejoice in this lively read-aloud picture book, as the main character runs into (and away from) a tiger over and over again as the plot gets sillier and sillier. Perfect for acting out while reading, It's a Tiger! offers just the right amount of excitement without being too scary, and a sweet ending with a bit of a twist. less...
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Lola Loves Stories by Anna McQuinn
Amazon Says: Lovable Lola is back in this imaginative sequel to the best-selling LOLA AT THE LIBRARY. Lola loves to go to the library with her daddy. Every night she reads a new story, an more...
Amazon Says: Lovable Lola is back in this imaginative sequel to the best-selling LOLA AT THE LIBRARY. Lola loves to go to the library with her daddy. Every night she reads a new story, and the next day, she acts it out. One day she's a fairy princess, the next day she goes on a trip to Lagos! She becomes a tiger, a farmer, a pilot. . . . what will Lola be next? Children and adults will love following along with Lola's adventures. LOLA LOVES STORIES celebrates imaginative thinking and the importance of books as a way to inspire young minds. less...
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Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
Amazon Says: A box is just a box . . . unless it's not a box. From mountain to rocket ship, a small rabbit shows that a box will go as far as the imagination allows.Inspired by a memory of more...
Amazon Says: A box is just a box . . . unless it's not a box. From mountain to rocket ship, a small rabbit shows that a box will go as far as the imagination allows.Inspired by a memory of sitting in a box on her driveway with her sister, Antoinette Portis captures the thrill when pretend feels so real that it actually becomes real—when the imagination takes over and inside a cardboard box, a child is transported to a world where anything is possible. less...
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Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Amazon Says: In the forty years since Max first cried "Let the wild rumpus start," Maurice Sendak's classic picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children more...
Amazon Says: In the forty years since Max first cried "Let the wild rumpus start," Maurice Sendak's classic picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children's books of all time. Now, in celebration of this special anniversary, introduce a new generation to Max's imaginative journey to Where the Wild Things Are. less...
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Amazon Says: A brilliant new Eric Carle picture book for the artist in us all Every child has an artist inside them, and this vibrant picture book from Eric Carle will help let it out. Th more...
Amazon Says: A brilliant new Eric Carle picture book for the artist in us all Every child has an artist inside them, and this vibrant picture book from Eric Carle will help let it out. The artist in this book paints the world as he sees it, just like a child. There's a red crocodile, an orange elephant, a purple fox and a polka-dotted donkey. More than anything, there's imagination. Filled with some of the most magnificently colorful animals of Eric Carle's career, this tribute to the creative life celebrates the power of art. less...
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