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Activities and questions that encourage creative thinking and the thinking process by using a child’s imagination

Turkey-time Thinking Fun (part 1)

Here are three easy, fun and exciting ways to will encourage your “Little Turkeys” to use their imaginations. These activities are a great way to bring imaginative thinking into the themes of November. Your kids will absolutely love doing them, and at the same time, they’ll be developing and practicing these important critical and creative thinking skills: imagine, create, design, invent, perceive, hypothesize, analyze and problem-solve. (See post: Two Ways to Think About Thinking.)

Be an Inventor! Think about, imagine, and then create a design for your own robot that could cook your entire Thanksgiving dinner. You are allowed to be the assistant chef, but your robot will do all the cooking. Draw a picture of your helpful robot and then explain to your family how it’s different parts work. (i.e. One arm has a big spoon on it to stir the vegetables.) With a robot like this, your family will really get to relax on Thanksgiving day. Oh, by the way, does your robot clean up too? You might want to build in a broom.:)

Be a costume designer! “It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s Super Turkey!” He’s the world’s newest and most amazing super-hero. He can fly faster than a rocket ship and his claws are sharper than a sword. He has one big problem though – - – Super Turkey doesn’t have a costume to wear!:( Could you design an original, fantastic costume that our mighty hero would be proud to wear? After you have created his costume, it would be fun to make up some exciting adventures about how Super Turkey rescued some animals on a farm or at the zoo.  You could even draw an illustration of each of your different stories and then make them into a book to share with your friends and family. What fun!

Be a Detective! Oh no! You just got a phone call that all of the pumpkin pies at the Yummy- Yummy Bakery have been stolen.:( Mr. and Mrs. Yummy have asked if you can help them find their pies! Make up a story about how you solved this case and then share about your great detective work with your family.  (This is a easy way to creatively fill those hours in the car when your driving ‘over the river and through the woods’. Your family will have fun thinking up many different ’cases’ that need to be solved. For example: All the turkeys at the Nelson’s Farm have suddenly disappeared from the barn. Can you figure out what happened?)

I know that these three activities will capture the imaginations of you and your children as you thinkimagine…and create together.

Miss B.

p.s. Turkey-time Thinking Fun (part 2) is coming soon!

Imagination 101 | An Intro to Imagination

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The skill of imagination can turn even the simplest and most routine moments of your day, into fun filled and exciting ones.  This is the easiest type of thinking skill to teach, because your child already knows the basics.  How many times have you thought, “I don’t know where he came up with that?”  Or wondered, while you were watching her play, “Who taught her that new game?”   Imagination is the ability to think beyond the limits of normal ideas, answers, or solutions and to find unique perspectives and original inventions.

The activities that you will find on Miss B.’s Classroom are suitable and adaptable for children of all ages and abilities.  They’ll open up some amazing new horizons for their imaginations to explore.  There are no right or wrong answers to worry about when practicing the thinking skill of imagination.  So, just sit back, relax and enjoy the journey  watching your children think…imagine…create”.

Miss B.