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In 1000 Adventures, a young boy imagines his real world in not so real ways. Like, Teacher + Imagination = Dinosaur…and Clothes + Imagination = Superhero Costume…and so on, for 998 more times. So go ahead. Get crazy. The wackier the better.
Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities:
- Literary Lessons:It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw is a classic story of imagination. As you read it with your child, allow him/her to guess the name of each object before it is revealed. Talk about how fun it is to test our creativity by picturing something as a completely different object. Want to get your hands on another imaginative tale? Try Maurice Sendack’s Where the Wild Things Are. Max’s adventure into the land of the Wild Things is definitely an unforgettable one.
- What Would Happen?To encourage creative thinking, as your child some “What would happen” questions. Here are a few to get you started:
- What would happen if your mom/dad/sister/aunt turned into a frog?
- What would happen if your stuffed animals/favorite toy came to life?
- What would happen if it was dark in the morning and sunny at night?
After you ask a few of your own “What would happen” questions, let your child think of some on his/her own.
Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities.
- Abracadabra:As your child goes through the app, point out the number at the top left corner of each screen. This indicates the number of transformations located on each page. For instance, there is a “10” on the page when the family is eating. The reader is prompted to tap 10 things on the screen to elicit changes, like turning the mom into an alien and the boy into an astronaut. The whole scene becomes transformed after the final object is found on each page.
- Role Play:Silliness and creativity often go hand in hand. If your child gets particularly interested in a specific scene, stop and ask him/her to act it out. My son’s favorite part is when the playground changes into a medieval castle. He loves to pretend to be a knight with his foam sword and shield, “dueling” with his older brother! Child experts note that role play allows kids to explore new ideas and become active participants in the learning.
Extend the app experience with these real life activities:
- Adventure Walk:It’s time to go exploring! (It may be fun to grab a pair of binoculars as a prop to add excitement.) Go to a local park and try to think of new ways of looking at things. Let your imagination go wild! Think that’s a small puddle of water? Nope! It’s a swimming pool for ants! That sparrow isn’t a bird…it’s a flying Pterodactyl! After your walk is over, grab a piece of plain paper and fold it in half. Ask your child to draw a picture on the left side of what s/he saw in real life (i.e. sparrow) and a picture on the right side of what s/he imagined that object as being (i.e. Pterodactyl). Exercising creative muscles helps children engage with the world.
- Settings:Let your child know that each page of this story has a different setting, or place. (Older kids could be told that a setting is the time and place of a story.) Being able to recognize the setting of a story is crucial as the setting influences the plot and characters, and helps children recall details. You may also be interested in knowing that identifying the setting of a story is a Common Core State Standard for Kindergarten, while first graders are expected to be able to describe the setting of a story. Go back through the app and ask your child to identify the setting of each page (i.e. the bedroom, playground, classroom, etc.). Discuss the details in each scene that confirm the setting. For example, we know that a particular setting is in the bathroom because we see a tub, soap, water, and towel. When it transforms, the setting becomes an ocean because we see a shark, fish, and boat.
- Funny Faces:What better way to picture yourself as a pirate than to actually draw an eye patch on yourself?! Now, before you think that I’m advocating using marker on your child’s adorable face, hear me out. Play at Home Mom LLC came up with this great idea: letting children draw objects on laminated photos of their own face. Using dry erase or window markers, your child could imagine him/herself with glasses, a beard, or even an eye patch. Have a new idea? Simply wipe off the marker and start again!
- Contact paper or laminate and laminator
- Window crayons (or dry erase markers, window markers, whatever you like)
- Print faces on 8×10 card stock and cut them out
- Laminate them and cut them out
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