For the love of books…Posted 25th March, 2020
Story time and reading books with children is always an enjoyable experience and can benefit them in so many ways. It can encourage listening skills, communication, speech and language, imagination, colour recognition, early letter and number recognition, introduce new vocabulary, the list could go on and on.
But more than anything it offers an opportunity to spend some quality time with your child, for children to feel special, loved, safe and secure.
Just grabbing a book off the shelf to share, can lead to these special times. So many benefits from simply enjoying a favourite or new story together.
So, just imagine the benefits for your child, if you read books together every day.
So then, what if you could take this story even further. This is something we regularly do at nursery. We enjoy stories with the children and then extend them in a variety of ways to create even more learning experiences for children to enjoy.
Here are ways you could do this at home with your child…
- If your child has a favourite book you could draw/trace/craft the characters on paper, card, stones, pieces of wood, pegs, wooden spoons etc to further their imagination and give them the chance to retell or adapt their favourite story.
- Create a simple story sack/group of resources to use alongside your books. Pick out main features and props in the story.
Whatever Next by Jilly Murphy: read the story and lay out a box, a bear, wellington boots and a colander. Let their imaginations take them on their very own adventure.
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen: Use a teddy bear under the kitchen table or in the garden. Act out the story in a way that gets them moving, travelling around the room, as they go through the ‘swishy swashy grass’. You could also draw pictures of scenes in the book. Or make sensory bottles or trays/bowls of materials to match the journey. For example, cotton wool for snow, water for the river etc. Talk about how these things feel.
Superworm by Julia Donaldson: You could make playdough worms or use string/wool, providing opportunity to develop fine motor skills, strengthening all those muscles required to become writers. Use mathematical language, shapes, big, long, longest, talk about patterns and make comparisons.
Room On The Broom by Julia Donaldson: Use a washing up bowl to make potions. This is a perfect one for outside and again will help develop every area of your child’s development.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle: Draw, make or thread a caterpillar, milk bottle tops are perfect for this. Go on a food hunt in the kitchen or garden. Be as creative and imaginative as you want.
These ideas can be adapted for very young children, Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell, is another great one that our baby rooms often use.
They can also all be extended to enable our oldest preschools, as they predict endings and talk about how characters might be feeling as they play.
A Tiger That Came to Tea by Judith Kerr, inspired tea party is always a hit with every age. Whether they are pouring tea or buttering bread for sandwiches. The possibilities of where a story can take your child and what they will gain are endless. You do not need to focus on the learning, because the story and the play experiences will do all of that for you.
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The benefits and precious times will stay with them forever.