Have you read The Important Book, by Margaret Wise Brown. It’s a classic!
After reading, challenge your kids to name “the important thing” about anything you can think of. Deciding which trait is most important is so subjective, which leads to lots of interesting conversation and debate.
It’s especially challenging to describe ourselves. It made us all take a minute to think about what is truly important, and to prioritize. For example, is the most important thing about Charlie that he likes tacos, or that he is a good friend? -Such important things to think about!
You can also think of important things to describe something and give clues in order of importance. Make it a guessing game!
Here’s an example: Every summer, my family takes a road trip. Can you use these important details to guess where we go?
- It takes 20 hours to drive there from here. One way. Whew!
- It is really windy and flat.
- There is plenty of sagebrush, plenty of livestock, and not many people or trees.
- And the most important things are…It’s my hometown, my favorite place, and we spend lots of time reconnecting with family when we’re there!
Which books inspire your family think and discuss the important things?