For some of you, it is back to school time already. For others, the kids don’t go back until after labor day. The end of August is that time of summer when we hear the infamous words…
“Mom, I’m bored!”
If you are like me, you have already spent countless hours researching Pinterest for ways to keep your kids busy. Now that the summer is nearing an end, so is my motivation to be a Pinterest Mom. In desperate need of finding a fun game (that did NOT include me), I discovered that a children’s picture book can actually bring my kids imagination to a whole new level, if you choose the right one!
10 CHILDREN’S BOOKS THAT SPARK IMAGINATION:
1. IGGY PECK, ARCHITECT by Andrea Beaty
Iggy Peck has a passion for building. He will use anything as materials to build, including dirty diapers. Ew!!! Encourage your little builder to draw and build some great structures with crazy materials from around your house! All you need is a graph notebook, some colored pencils, a great big imagination and a hazmat team on speed dial!
2. STUCK by Oliver Jeffers
Floyd was flying his kite and it got stuck in a tree. How on earth is he going to get it down? He attempts to get it down by throwing various objects at it, such as the milkman?! Oh my! How would your kids get the kite out of that tree? Ladders are so yesterday!
3. BEAUTIFUL OOPS by Barney Saltzberg
Tears have been shed over ruined artwork in my house for sure! Whether its a rip in the paper, a spill of a drink, or maybe even a simple wrinkle, almost anything that isn’t perfect will set them off. BEAUTIFUL OOPS takes those mistakes and turns them into magic. Your kids will be looking for flaws to fix everywhere! Perhaps a piece of paper with drool on it from when you fell asleep attempting to read a book, while they were doing this activity?
4. NOT A BOX by Antoinette Portis
We spend countless dollars on toys, but what do kids play with the most? Well, the boxes they came in of course! NOT A BOX is a cute story about a rabbit, a box and his imagination. How about I make a turtle shell to hide under and change my name from “Mom” to “Bubba.” Don’t bother Bubba, kids! Bubba is taking a nap!
5. PERFECT SQUARE by Michael Hall
Oh no! The PERFECT SQUARE has been cut up! Whatever are we to do with all the pieces?! This is a great imagination game for your (safety) scissor obsessed child. Give them a square of colored paper, a sheet of paper and some glue to see what they can make with it after cutting it into pieces! Yep, I smell bathroom art…well, not literally!
6. THE MOST MAGNIFICENT THING by Ashley Spires
This little girl had an idea to make the most magnificent thing! She gets to work, but it’s just not right. She keeps trying over and over again until…she made something magnificent! What magnificent thing will your kids make? Also, it’s a good excuse to get them to go for that walk you have been begging them to do…unless of course you already play Pokemon Go…lol!
7. I WONDER by Annaka Harris
While you are on the Poke-walk (um, I mean magnificent walk), you can talk about this book. Eva takes a walk with her Mother and they wonder about the mysteries of everything. What do your kids wonder about? I wonder if when I meow at my cats, I am really saying “flashlight hamburger lamppost!” That’s probably why they look at me like I am nuts!
8. THE SQUIGGLE by Carol Lexa Schaefer
Violet finds a long piece of string on the sidewalk and her imagination comes to life! What can the string become? The sky tail of popping fireworks?! Give them a string and let them go crazy! You never know, they may even floss their teeth for once!
9. JEREMY DRAWS A MONSTER by Peter McCarty
Jeremy doesn’t like to play outside. He uses his fancy pen to draw a big blue monster friend, who is very demanding. As time goes on, the monster demands Jeremy to draw more and more things that he wants. Make me a sandwich! I want! I need! Sounds like my little monsters! Have your children create a needy monster of their very own for your wall and then have them draw and hang up all the things it wants too!
10. THE BIG IDEAS OF BUSTER BICKLES by Dave Wasson
What if rivers were made of chocolate or robot dinosaurs were real? Buster invents a What-If Machine, which makes anything that he imagines become reality. Have your little ones create a What-If machine that makes their imagination come to life! What if I could just clap my hands and a delicious homemade dinner would magically appear on the table every night! One can dream, right?
All kidding aside, these books are great for opening up your child’s world to new possibilities! Now strap those kiddos in the car and head to the library! You will be thanking me later, as you reintroduce yourself to your old friends Mr. Couch and Mrs. Hot Cup of Coffee!
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