Imagination is a huge social milestone for children. And the early establishment of imagination helps with self-thought and self-talk – very important executive functioning skills!
A Peek Inside…
The pictures in this book a VERY simple, much like the covers. The object (stick or box) is in black. But what the pig and rabbit imagine it to be appears around the object in red. It’s a great representation of a “mental picture”.
Bring a box into your therapy room, and recreate the story. For students who struggle with imagination, develop their flexibility in this game with “same but different”. For example, the stick can still be a sword, but instead of fighting at dragon, you are fighting a __________ (knight eating plant, an overgrown forest on your way to the castle, etc). You can still be fighting a fire, but instead of the box being the building, it could be _________ (the firetruck, the fire hydrant, etc).
For homework, send home a sheet with a stick or box on it. Have them take a red crayon and draw something they would want their stick or box to become. This continues to build their flexibility by allowing them to pre-think before the next week! When they bring their paper back, act out what it on their paper! I’ve made a Not A Box and Not A Stick homework sheet over on my LessonPix share page.
After they have shown the ability to demonstrate flexibility with your “Not A…” game, bring in different stories. Find ways to use the box when acting them out! A favorite of ours is Polar Express. Then, find different objects to turn into things! I walk around the room, pick up a random item, act out what I “imagine” it could be and make the kids guess! We get really silly – which builds they buy-in and interest!
What are some of your favorite imagination stories?
- Tara Roehl, The Speechy Keen SLP
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