Take the Time: Mindfulness for Kids
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Take the Time: Mindfulness for Kids

This story encourages children to slow down and take time. Inspired by our Mandala coloring page, children will enjoy the soothing and mindful practice of taking time.

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Looking at art and feeling emotions
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Looking at art and feeling emotions

As a little girl travels through the museum, each artwork gives her a different feeling. She feels twinkly, sparkly and can't help but pose like what she sees. 

Prompting questions:

  • What kind of artwork makes you feel happy?
  • What do you like to do when you are excited?
  • Can you make a pose like this painting?
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Book cover of Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis
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Ignite Imagination with a Stick

In this story, the pig uses a stick to fight dragons, conduct an orchestra and go fishing. It's amazing what a stick can be when it's not a stick. 
  • What else could be made with this stick?
  • What would you want to make with this stick?
  • Why can a stick become so many different things?
  • Have you ever used your imagination to make something wonderful from a stick?
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Book cover of Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
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Imagine the possibilities of a box

A cardboard box is one of the best tools for play. This story sparks the imagination of students for what else a box could be. 

Circle Group Time brainstorm activity:

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Turn a mistake into something beautiful
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Turn a mistake into something beautiful

We all make mistakes, but then what? This engaging book will encourage students to turn a drip or torn paper into a work of art. 

Prompting questions:

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Interactive looking adventure
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Interactive looking adventure

Students can use this book to look at their environment in a different way. They'll peek through the cutout and see if things are shiny, moving, or far away. 

Prompting questions:

  • Hold up the book. What do you see?
  • Where do you see something close and something far?
  • Where can you find something that makes noise?
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Multicultural colors and self-portraits
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Multicultural colors and self-portraits

Highlight and celebrate the many different shades of our skin in this story with delightful names for colors, like butterscotch and caramel. 

Prompting questions:

  • What name would you give your skin color?
  • How are we the same?
  • How are we different?
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Book cover of The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle
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Think like an artist

Students will follow along with Eric Carle to use their imaginations. Have you ever seen a polka-dotted donkey?

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Finding shapes in everyday things
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Finding shapes in everyday things

Students will be introduced to shapes and sizes while imagining all of the different things the shapes could be.

Prompting questions:

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Unleash your creative license
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Unleash your creative license

This story will teach creative freedom as well as how to respond to others' artwork. 

Prompting questions:

  • Why did Ramon's sister hang all of his artwork on her wall?
  • How did Ramon feel about his artwork at the end of the story?
  • What kind of ish drawing could you make?
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Mouse discovers famous artwork
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Mouse discovers famous artwork

The little mouse, Janson, gets inspired by the art in the museum. Maybe your students will be inspired, too!

Prompting questions:

  • Which was your favorite artwork in the story?
  • How did Janson feel about her artwork?
  • What kind of art would you like to try making next?

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Change the book with the press of a dot
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Change the book with the press of a dot

Students will be delighted with the imagination they'll use in this interactive book.

Prompting questions:

  • What do you think is going to happen when you press that dot?
  • What makes you think that?
  • How did the dot change?
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