Children love to use their imagination, and when they do, their minds grow. That’s because imagining allows children to form new ideas and express them verbally. You can use Ranger Rick Jr. as a tool to help your child use his or her imagination.
Each month in the magazine, Ricky Raccoon and his and pals have an outdoor adventure. Before you read their story on pages 12–15, here are two ideas to involve your child in the adventure:
- As you point to each character on page 13, ask your child to tell you what Ricky Raccoon, Bizzie Beaver, Flora Skunk, and Sammy Skunk are thinking about as they enjoy being in the water.
- Ask your child to tell you about what the pals are doing around the campfire on page 14. What does the treat they are making with marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers taste like? What would the treats feel like if you held them or put them in your mouth?
While reading the story Daddy and Me on pages 16–21, take time to stop and ask questions that will engage your child’s imagination.
- What do you think the black-backed jackal is singing about?
- What else will the baby penguin say to his father?
- What do you think the small ostriches are talking about?
Use your imagination to create other fun activities for your child with Ranger Rick Jr.
¡Hola! Read in Spanish about the seahorses on pages 6-11. RangerRick.org/SeahorsesSP
Mike Wilson, Founder
Prekindergarten Reading Encouragement Project
PREP – Helping childhood literacy one family at a time.