Being Benny

Title: Being Benny

Author: Dan Wetzel

Age: preschool, elementary school

Description: Benny escapes the boredom he is experiencing on a rainy day by using his imagination…

• Imagination
• Ideation
• Problem solving
• Motor planning
• Creativity
• Categories

Why I like this book: Benny uses his imagination rather than “screens” to make his day more interesting. I like to use this book to talk about using the brain as a tool for eliminating boredom.

Ideas for use:
• After reading, talk with kids about what they would like to be. This can be broken down into categories. (e.g. vehicle, food, clothing, animal)
• After kids have talked about what they would like to be, see if each child can remember one thing a friend wanted to be.
• Discuss similarities in what kids in the group would choose to be or do to build friend files.
• Play charades acting out the pictures in the book.
• Find out what the kids do on rainy days and help them think about other ways to use their imaginations for fun.

Submitted by: Jill Perry, MHA, MS, OTR/L

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