Grab one of these brilliant books about nature and take your reading outdoors to an amazing outdoor reading area!
I’m always looking for ways to make our learning fun, so here’s a printable you can use for alphabet games, especially focused on the often-mixed-up letters b, d and p. It’s something I’m working on with my daughter right now, and with the addition of our hungry monsters, the learning is coming along with lots of giggles too.
Alphabet game :: letter sorting [Read more…]
Welcome to day five of our activities for toddlers series. We’ve already looked at sensory play, arts and crafts, maths games and imaginary play and today we have some lovely playful ideas for reading, writing and songs that are just right for toddlers.
Activities for toddlers :: reading, writing and songs [Read more…]
My daughter is interested in learning how to read so I’m always looking for ways to add words in to our play. She enjoys reading books, but she’s still at the stage where that can feel like hard work sometimes. Adding words into our play gives her lots of opportunities to practice reading but it feels much more like fun than a lesson. Here’s a very simple but effective way to add in some reading to a story telling and art play time :: we’re using speech bubbles!
Learning how to read with speech bubbles [Read more…]
We’ve had our People Book for a couple of years now and it’s loved by the babies and toddlers who read it. Very young children are naturally drawn to looking at faces, so why not capture their interest by making a book of their favourite faces for them.
Our book includes lots of pictures of people the children know: themselves, family and friends. They just love it when they spot someone they recognise! It also provides lots of opportunity to chat and ask questions about what everyone looks like, and to play i-spy.
We’ve added in some pictures from magazines so we could include a whole range of people: different ages, sexes, hair and skin colours, wearing glasses, wearing headscarves, in wheelchairs, in different family groups. It’s a good way to introduce aspects of the world to your child – and if you’re working in an early years setting and wanting to provide multi-cultural resources, this is a great way to reflect your society. It can also be a useful way to link home and an childcare setting, as you can ask parents to send in some pictures from home for you to include.
You could also make a version that includes faces showing different emotions, and begin to talk about having different feelings.
We glued our faces onto coloured sugar paper, laminated them and then bound them together, which gave us a sturdy book which has lasted lots of toddler handing. If you don’t have access to a laminater, a photograph album or a scrapbook are good alternatives.
Do you make you own books with your children? Do they read them as much as other story books?
Have you heard of Booktrust, the UK charity which aims to encourage a lifelong love of reading? Those of you with school age children may have come across their Booktime campaign which runs in partnership with Pearson and the Department for Education. Booktime gives every English reception class child free books to promote a love of stories and encourage family reading: B loved the copy of Janet and Allan Ahlberg’s Funnybones she was given.
They have a website which is available to everyone, with games and resources linked to lots of books and which is well worth a look. There are interactive online books read by the authors, including Eric Carle and Ed Vere, and tips for making the most of family reading. There are games you can play too, which include number and colour recognition skills, and recommendations for lots of children’s books whatever topic your kids are interested in.
Eric Carle Prize Draw
This autumn 680,000 copies of Slowly, Slowly, Slowly Said the Sloth by Eric Carle will be given free to all children starting in English reception classes. Booktime are also offering primary schools and libraries in England the chance to win an exclusive artist’s proof from the book, signed by Eric Carle. If you’d like to nominate your school or local library you can enter the competition until 31st October 2010 and you can find full details at the Booktrust website.
Welcome to this week’s #goplay Twitter Tips. Today, by special request from a reader who’s looking for ideas to use with her 8-year old son, we’re looking at :
Ideas to encourage reading and writing
#goplay Tip One: If you want kids to read make sure they have easy access to some fab, inspiring books: fact, fiction, stories, comics
#goplay Tip Two: Reading doesn’t have to feel like school, you can read anywhere: garden, park, beach. Pack a book with your picnic.
#goplay Tip Three: Comics are great for reluctant readers: they’re ‘cool’ & the visual prompts help comprehension.
#goplay Tip Four: Make use of your local library for oodles of new books & activities like the summer Space Hop scheme.
#goplay Tip Five: Give reading a purpose to have fun & make kids keen: read the recipe when baking, read instructions to make a model
#goplay Tip Six: Keep it short and sweet: a little blast each day adds up to a whole lot of reading over the summer
#goplay Tip Seven: Link books to a fun day out. Go to the museum and pick up a book on dinosaurs to read when you get home.
#goplay Tip Eight: Writing doesn’t have to be on a blank piece of paper, which can induce writers block in the best of us!
#goplay Tip Nine: Try writing with chalk on a wall, water painted on the patio, sticks in sand, glitter pens on a cute notepad
#goplay Tip Ten: Keep a multimedia scrapbook over the summer with photos, drawings and tickets – and a little writing each day too.
These are a few tips from me. What ideas can you share with our reader?
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