Imagine finding yourself in a jungle or in the ocean or seeing dinosaurs. This is not a traditional story – instead it asks you to imagine yourself in different habitats where different animals live. Turn the page and you will see all the animals that live there – see how many you can find (and if you’re not sure you can check your answers in the back). But more importantly use this book to launch your imagination and pretend that you’re in one of these environments.
1. READING BOOK – IMAGINE BY ALISON LESTER
The Little Big Book Club has some wonderful suggestions on how to use this book. Ignore that they say these are for 2-3 year olds. Many of these suggestions will work for children much older – their play will just be more sophisticated. www.thelittlebigbookclub.com.au/sites/…/imagine_learning_time.pdf
If you enjoy this book Alison Lester has written many other books:
- Run like a rabbit
- Growl like a tiger
- Noni the pony
- Sophie Scott goes south
- Are we there yet?
- Magic beach
- Clive eats alligators
If you want to be inspired in how you can use this book look at this YouTube video from Mt Ommaney Special School: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1o5WR4Qy4Q
2. NON-FICTION BOOK – Any non-fiction book on animal habitats
3. AUDIO TAPE –
Currently I can’t find any readings other than the one on YouTube by Mt Ommaney Special School:
4. MAIN CHARACTERS & PROPS
Normally story sacks include toys and props that children can recreate the story.
In the case of ‘Imagine’ where there is no traditional narrative, children can use animals and props to recreate environments and create their own stories. Any soft or plastic toys can be used or children can make their own.
The following are suggestions for each environment – however any of these crafts can be adapted to create any of the other environments.
- Make jungle animals and a jungle diorama http://www.kidscraftweekly.com/jungle_issue.html
- Make a variety of jungle animals using craft ideas such as paper plate animals, toilet roll animals and other paper craft http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/jungle.html
- For puppets or colouring in http://www.firstpalette.com/tool_box/printables/jungleanimals.html
- Look for more great ideas on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/mah386/jungle-inspired-art-ideas/
- Foam puppets http://www.docrafts.com/Project/PrinterDetail.aspx?ID=3353891
- For puppets or colouring in http://www.firstpalette.com/tool_box/printables/seaanimals.html
- Create an Ocean bath to explore http://www.playcreateexplore.com/2012/07/themed-bath-thursdays.html
- For little kids create an ocean sensory bin http://www.playcreateexplore.com/2010/07/ocean-sensory-bin.html
- Ocean animal crafts http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/ocean.html
- More great ideas from Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=ocean%20kids%20craft
- Create a polar habitat or use the animals to create puppets http://www.firstpalette.com/Craft_themes/Animals/habitatdiorama/habitatdiorama.html http://www.firstpalette.com/tool_box/printables/polaranimals.html
- Farm crafts http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/farm.html
- Popsicle farm animals – these are so cute: http://www.makeandtakes.com/popsicle-stick-farm-critters
- Clothespin farm animals http://www.firstpalette.com/Craft_themes/Animals/Clothespin_Farm_Animals/Clothespin_Farm_Animals.html
- Pinterest ideas http://pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=farms%20kids%20craft
- Dinosaur masks http://diyfashion.about.com/b/2012/02/29/print-these-free-dinosaur-masks.htm
- Clothespin stegosaurus http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2009/02/we-dig-dinosaurs.html
- Dinosaur puppets – you can either put these on a paper stand or a stick or straw http://www.firstpalette.com/Craft_themes/Animals/dinosaurstickpuppets/dinosaurstickpuppets.html
- Pinterest http://pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=dinosaurs%20kids%20craft
In the world of craft there seems to be little distinction between jungle and safari so use the internet resources above for jungle and find the animals listed on Alison Lester’s Safari page.
- Again these can be used as puppets with clothes pegs, straws or on their stands or simply as colouring in pages http://www.firstpalette.com/tool_box/printables/safarianimals.html
- To create the standing animals follow these instructions http://www.firstpalette.com/Craft_themes/Animals/standingpaperanimals/standingpaperanimals.html
- Again DLTK has wonderful resources: http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/australian.html
- Australian animal mask www.cleverpatch.com.au/documents/activitysheets/Masks11-012.pdf
- Lots of craft ideas on DLTK http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/pets.html
- Pet lover’s diorama http://www.firstpalette.com/Craft_themes/Animals/petloversdiorama/petloversdiorama.html
5. GAMES & ACTIVITIES
There are a couple of main websites that have a variety of games and activities including those based on literacy and numeracy for each habitat or under individual animals.
- Making Learning Fun www.makinglearningfun.com
- Sparkle Box – for all things animal http://www.sparklebox.co.uk/topic/living/#.Uc4q83R-9Yc
- DLTK http://www.dltk-kids.com
- Busybee kids printables – for animals http://www.busybeekidsprintables.com/Animal-Printables.html
- Enchanted Learning http://www.enchantedlearning.com/themes/topics/animals.shtml
- Also The Little Big Book Club has two activities based on Imagine: http://www.thelittlebigbookclub.com.au/resources/imagine-activity-time1-2
Ocean – Sausage octopus http://www.redtedart.com/2011/05/01/water-get-crafty-fish-summer-crafts-to-inspire-you/
Polar – Penguin cupcakes http://mycakecorner.blogspot.com.au/2010/11/penguin-cupcakes-waddle-your-way-may.html
Dinosaurs – for lots of dinosaur food ideas look at this wonderful collection across the net http://www.party-ideas-by-a-pro.com/dinosaur-party-ideas.html
Safari – Jungle sandwich http://www.ziggityzoom.com/content/make-funtastic-party-sandwiches-big-little-kids
Australian - Wombat brownie http://www.wombania.com/wombat-brownie.htm#.Uc4zp3R-9Yc