Just like rereading a favorite book, there are some magical experiences that kids love to recall in conversation (sometimes re-enacting them!) again and again. Wouldn’t it be great to engineer these magic moments for them? One tried-and-true approach: Offer kids a hook -- and the room to explore freely -- and then give them the chance to pretend. A literary character who nails this is Max of Where the Wild Things Are, which is why crowning kids “kings and queens of the wild things” is one of our favorite magic-making games.
First, read aloud Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are to whet kids’ imaginations. Then invite kids to create their own crowns using the natural treasures around them—a simple but developmentally powerful pastime. When the crowns are ready, kids can put on their own rumpus, just like Max. We love this activity at dusk, especially if we have a group of wild things on our hands. Allowing kids to scout independently while also creating together is a masterful combination. This, along with the make-believe joy of wearing a special crown and being a “wild thing,” results in fun, cognitive growth, and maybe even a little magic.
We think all families should be learning outside. Try this activity with your child and begin to see the power in outdoor, play-based learning. Have fun!Email it to me