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Author Kristina Orliczky added exercises to the pages of her book, inspiring kids to have fun stretching their imaginations and muscles.

An essential aspect of creative problem-solving or acting alike is imagination. If a person squashes dreamers, especially when they are young, he loses the very people a person needs to help him solve complex problems. Kids’ books about imagination are the best ways to help your children’s imaginations set high! Fortunately for parents (even teachers), Kristina Orliczky’s Mona’s Mitten will help nourish your little dreamers and show them you fully understand what makes them tick.

Further, reading books that encourage imagination helps kids, often square-pegs, feel that their distinctive shape perfectly fits into the jigsaw of life. They can inspire the readers’ imaginations (of all ages), including parents (and teachers) who want to revisit daydreams.

Acting out your kid’s favorite book can be done by setting the stage with fun props, putting on costumes, and starting acting. Don’t forget to use different voices for each of the characters. Let your littles be creative and wear their superhero costume for the afternoon without cringing.

Or if you have kids in school that want to do the reading, have one person read while the others act it out. You could even mix it up by adding silly things to how you act it out – use an accent, do it backward, act like a dinosaur, etc.

Another one is putting the story together. Along with reading, kids also need to be introduced to the sense of a story and the concept of causality.  

What are the things needed? Just multiple flashcards and a pen.  

How to play it? Pick a simple story your child has read and split it into sections by writing them down on different flash cards. Shuffle them and hand them to your kid. Let him arrange the cards so that it reads like a true story.

The above activities can help your children learn the idea of causality and the sense of story. These are just a few of how having fun reading activities for kids becomes effective.  

Book Synopsis

Who said people have to sit still to hear a story? Especially when it is about a book about a little skier who loves motion and life and a mouse looking for a house? This book is a one-stop shop for the most imaginative children’s books to inspire flexible thinking and creativity. Psychology research has long discovered that imagination affects children’s cognitive development, leading to better problem-solving skills and creativity. 

Parents will find physical activities going along with the story page by page, as this is a book to move to. But before opening the book, parents or teachers must read the short instructions first.  

Author’s Profile

Kristina Orliczky is a licensed physical therapist and a certified practitioner of the gentle, functional Feldenkrais method. The author wanted to use this story to encourage physical activities for many children who spend too much time sitting and confined in one corner. They start reluctantly strapped to car seats, high- chairs, and strollers. Later they sit in front of the TV, PC, and gadgets or with bent necks texting on their cell phones. Children learn about themselves and their world through movement and develop the strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, good posture, and body weight needed to reach goals and fulfill future dreams. By adding exercises to the pages of her book, Orliczky wanted to inspire children to have fun stretching their muscles and imagination. The author got the idea for the story of losing a mitten from a ski lift in Big Bear, California.