Sometimes when we are transitioning or waiting for X and Y groups to come back together, I will talk with the children about their days, and usually about recess. The other day the children were sharing about what they did outside. One child went on and on about how he and some of the other children in the class were digging for dinosaur bones.
"Yeah, we were digging and found dinosaur bones! They were so cool. We found a T-Rex bone AND dinosaur feathers...we wanted to keep digging, but we had to go inside."
Me: "Wow, it sounds like you had a lot of fun outside. Isn't it fun to use our imagination"
3 or 4 students at once: "We weren't using our imagination! THEY WERE REAL!!!"