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A Staticky Situation

This activity follows lessons learned in "A Staticky Situation."

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Individual or small group supervised by an adult.

What You'll Need
  • Bandana
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What To Do
  1. Discuss how your child feels whenever the rain keeps them inside. Talk about other things you’ve done on rainy days. Then, introduce the idea of flexible thinking, which you are about to practice.
  2. Take a bandana or a scarf. Ask your child what you can use it for. Brainstorm lots of options. You’ll be amazed what you can come up with. For example, you can:
    • Wear it on your head as a kerchief
    • Use it as a belt
    • Use it to blow your nose
    • Wipe up a spill with it
    • Wrap up a snack in it
    • Tie it onto a stick to carry something
    • Use it as a collar for your stuffed animal
    • Etc.

See how many options you can think of!

Discussion Questions
  • Why is Chelsea sad when the episode begins?
  • What do Barbie and Chelsea think will happen if they don’t find what is causing the static?
  • What do the girls learn when they realize they can’t change the weather?
Follow-Up Activities

Opportunities to practice flexible thinking are everywhere! Try playing a favorite game with new rules, doing an everyday routine in a new order, or giving your child choices at mealtime and playtime. Have fun with a backwards Saturday by wearing pajamas to the grocery store and eating dinner for breakfast.

Books

Pete’s A Pizza, by William Steig (Harper Collins, 1998) 
Can I Play Too? by Mo Willems (Disney-Hyperion, 2010) 
Chester’s Way, by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books, 1988)

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