Take a book, any book, but preferably a favourite, and bring it to life for a day of creative play with these story book activities.
Using a storybook as a springboard into play is such a great way to take something your children enjoy and expand and enrich it to offer all sorts of other play possibilities. Try these ideas for ways to add imaginary play, language development, drama, literacy and more to your favourite book.
Build a den and you can use it as the launch pad to act out the story you have been reading. Try these dressing up ideas to make simple, playful costumes, or make a mask to turn yourself into one of the characters. Or what about focusing on the food in your story, and using that as a way to recreate a scene ~ like our Mad Hatter’s Tea Party?
A favourite story book activity of ours is to build a small world, where we can act out the tale with puppets, adding twists and turns of our own. Try these small world activities or this fairy land for ideas to get you started.
What about adding in some reading and writing when you act out a story: try this idea for adding in speech bubbles.
Reading doesn’t always have to take place indoors of course. These forest school ideas just from the Just So Festival showcase how you can use your outdoor environment as an amazing space for storybook activities.
And try this collection of fabulous, fun ideas that include play ideas, crafts and activities to celebrate World Book Day and help encourage children to love reading every day of the year.
More ideas for creative simple play
These story book activities are part of the Simple Play :: complex learning series ~ click through to see all the play ideas and resources available.