- "Flood of Imagination"
It's raining and Cleo's going stir-crazy with boredom! But Clifford comes to her rescue by helping her to imagine an exciting action-adventure story.
- "D.W.'s Imaginary Friend"
Someone only D.W. can see has moved in with the Reads. Her name is Nadine, and she follows D.W. everywhere. (Be careful where you sit, or what you say, because Nadine is VERY sensitive.) But when D.W. insists on bringing Nadine to the amusement park, that's the last straw for Arthur. Does he have to be embarrassed by D.W. in front of all of his friends?
Do in Class
- Arthur: Acting Silly - Use your imagination to create a silly animal parade with ducks that oink and bears that are ballet dancers.
- Arthur: Box Vehicle - Launch children's imagination by asking them what they can create from a cardboard box.
- Arthur: Imaginary Pets - Categorize a list of animals as real or imaginary after sharing a book of imaginary creatures. Design an imaginary pet by assembling parts of animals cut from photographs in imaginative ways.
- Barney: Shoe Box Turtles - Build turtles and whatever else you can imagine with empty boxes.
- The Berenstain Bears: Section 3: Choices & Decision Making: Imaginative Inventors - Design and create simple inventions.
- Between the Lions: Dreams and Wishes - Create magic wands and think of magic wishes as you engage in wonderful fantasy play.
- Between the Lions: Imagine the Impossible - Practice imagining different scenarios related to a favorite story or an everyday event.
- Boohbah: Improvising - Pass an object around a small group. Each person who handles the object has to do something different with it or make something different from it. So, for example, a ribbon could be used to tie shoes.
- Dragon Tales: Flying Carpet - Use your imagination to travel the world in a flying carpet with this online activity.
- Jay Jay the Jet Plane: Imagination - Activity One - Gaze at clouds to determine what the clouds resemble.
- Jay Jay the Jet Plane: Imagination - Activity Two - Invite students to role play being animals and making the appropriate sounds of the animals.
- Reading Rainbow: Simon's Book - Play a drawing game with your family or friends.
- ZOOM: ZOOMsci - Future City - Imagine and design a city of the future.
- PBS Parents: Creativity: Stars - Develop imagination and learn about the moon, stars and night sky by imagining and creating pictures of the nighttime sky.
- On My Island
By Marie-Louise Gay
Published April 2001 by Douglas & McIntyre Publishing Group
The young hero of this amusing tale lives on a tiny island "all alone," with a wolf, two cats, three ants, and a bat. He complains that nothing ever happens, but a sea serpent circles the island, cowboys swim past on the backs of porpoises, volcanoes erupt, and elephants parachute into the sea, always when he's not looking. This is an energetically illustrated story about boredom and imagination.
- Fish Wish
By Bob Barner
Published March 2000 by Holiday House, Inc.
A young boy imagines what he would do if he were a clownfish. This picture book is a colorful introduction to life on coral reefs for children 4-8. A key at the end of the book identifies all the creatures pictured. The author provides interesting facts about the main characters and describes the biology of corals and reefs.
*As most PBS children's programs offer one year extended taping rights for teachers, please feel free to tape them now and save them for use in your classroom during the school year.