You know that feeling of excitement when you open a fresh container of play-doh? I like to take a whiff of its salty smell first. Then I plop it out carefully without injury to its perfect cylinder shape. Finally, when the dough is least expecting it, I smush it with abandon. Oh so soft and supple, ready to transform into anything I can imagine. Sloppy spaghetti on a plate. A penguin prince sailing an iceberg to NYC. Axl Rose.
|Some serious smashing is|
about to go down.
Tara Lazar posted this week on the importance of picture books to children: "Picture books let them know there’s a place without limits. (Psst, it’s called “the imagination”!)"
Some activities - like playing in the back yard because mommy is digging in the garbage disposal to see if she lost her mind in there- force kids to use their imaginations. These activities are like rolling pins, dough presses, and cookie cutters shaping and stretching little minds.
Other activities - like watching the Gangnam style video on youtube repeatedly or playing Angry Birds - harden those kid brains like a misshapen dough meatball lost behind a table leg.
I want my kids to have mushy brains! (Um, well, you know what I mean.) I want them to see infinite possibilities. So how do I keep their imaginations fresh and moldable?
Read. Read. Read.
I was reminded of this last night at a Kindergarten Readiness meeting at pre-K. "The most important thing you can do for your children is to read. Read them anything. Read their favorite books over and over again if they ask." Even if it's SpongeBob Squarepants Slurps Stinky Spaghetti for the seventeeth time. It doesn't matter what, just keep reading.
So, I want to know: what is your record for most picture books read in a day? I commit to attempting to beat the highest number posted in the comments!