Read Sebastian and the Balloon to the smallest ears in the room. It is never too soon or too late to let imaginations soar.
Imagination is the primer to innovation.
Consider the thought experiment used by Albert Einstein as a launch pad to the discoveries in understanding he made in physics. As an exercise of young creative minds, this book transports thinkers in a variety of directions. Here are just a few of the reactions I have seen from sharing this book with first graders:
Kami: I liked it because Sebastian flew. I want to fly.
Teacher: I bet you can imagine what it would be like. Can you draw or write about your balloon flight?
Tristan: A balloon can't be made of quilts?
Teacher: Hmm, you might be right. Can you write about why? I think we have a book about that in the library.
Paula: A pickle sandwich? I never heard of a pickle sandwich.
Teacher: What would a pickle sandwich be like? Can you write or draw a recipe?
Follow Up Activities
Allow students a chance to explore the inspirations they have from listening to the book. In this particular example, the class decided to try pickle sandwiches. Paula instigated a poll and the results indicated that a majority of the kids wanted to try them. The students who did not want to try pickle sandwiches still enjoyed watching others react to the strange combination.
Another follow up activity included a book report by Tristan on How Do Hot Air Balloons Work by Buffy Silverman.
Cup of Leadership
is a blog that promotes the leadership process and an environment of conversation and books.
Deanne Bryce is a writer for young children and an advocate for personal leadership at all ages. This post is part of a project called Book Drops for Kids. The project promotes using picture books to inspire interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) thinking.
This particular book drop celebrates the National Balloon Classic currently running in Indianola, Iowa
At least once a month a picture book is purchased from an independent book store and “dropped” in a little free library to for someone to use.