World Book Day!

It’s World Book Day today!

We love books in our house, my girls choose a story to read each night and for my youngest it’s normally the same one for at least a month!

I have always loved reading from a young age. As an adult, even after a hard day with the girls and I should be going to sleep I read in bed, it helps me unwind and relax.

Books are such an important development tool for our children and not because they need to learn to read. When you pick up a book and sit with your child to read it to them you instantly opens up a pathway to learning and builds on your relationship with your child.

What happens when I read to my child?

  • They hear the different tone, pauses and expressions in your voice as you read
  • They learn new words and how to use them
  • If you trace the words with your fingers they learn that words move from left to right
  • Pointing out pictures and colours help them name new things
  • Rhyming books help memories form
  • When you are sat with them they have your fully, undivided attention and comfort, the most important thing of all

So pick up a book today with your child and fall into the wonder of stories.

“There are a whole lot of things in this world of ours that you haven’t even started to wonder about yet.”

The Old Green Grasshopper, James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl

Reinforcement of stories

Reinforcement of stories through follow on activities is a great way for children to memorise stories and make sense of the story in their heads.  When your child reaches Kindy they will start to learn something called ‘sequencing’ which basically means putting a story in the correct order depending on what has happened.  This is important for them to learn because it helps them to make sense of their own world and why things happen and what lead to that situation.

Today’s activities

Before we started our activities today we read one of Harriet’s favourite books, The Very Cranky Bear’. She loves this book and so do I! You can listen to the story on my Facebook Page Little Messy Learners Mandurah and Rockingham and watch the activities Live which I am about to list below.

Make your own Cranky Bear!

‘So Zebra fetched a tin of mud and Lion some grass of gold. Moose got two big branches, and Sheep….well, Sheep got cold.’

What you need

  • You can use the template below or draw your own, of the Cranky Bear
  • Grass
  • Sticks
  • Paint (we used normal poster paint but see edible paint recipe below)
  • Glue

Encourage your child to dress up the bear in Antlers, Stipes and Mane, like in the book!

Cotton posting game

‘So she fetched a pair of clippers and she clipped off half her wool. She stuffed it in a cotton bag until the bag was full.’

What you need

  • A pot with a soft lid, such as a coffee pot or formula tin, or a tissue box
  • Cotton wool balls or pom poms
  • An empty toilet roll tube
  • Knife
  • Permanent marker pen

Put the tube on top of the lid of your pot or tin, using the pen draw around the tube. Carefully use the knife to cut out the circle so you have a hole in the lid. Push the tube into the lid. You can then post the cotton wool balls into the pot through the tube and remove them by taking the lid off!

If you are using a tissue box, just post the cotton wool balls through the top!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Jelly Play

This activity is great for little ones ages 5 months plus as its taste safe!

What you need

  • 2 boxes of jelly crystals
  • Fruit cut into slices
  • A plastic container

Make up the jelly as directed on the packet. Pour into a tub and add the fruit slices. Push the slices under the jelly to make sure they are coated; this stops them from going yucky. Put your jelly in the fridge to set.

When it’s ready you can encourage your older children to pull the fruit out with tweezers and babies can use their hands!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Painting

This is a great one for all ages and is perfect for developing pincer grip!

What you need

  • Milk bottle tops or another small lid (you could also use a potato cut in half!)
  • Paint (poster paint or edible, recipe below)
  • The template below, or you can draw your own

Encourage your child to dip the lids into the paint and use them as a stamp to fill in the template of the Hungry Caterpillar! They could also use their finger tips to paint some leaves!

Edible paint

What you need

  • A saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 6 tbsp granulated white sugar (optional but it makes it smoother and keeps for longer)
  • 1 tsp salt (optional but it keeps better)
  • Food coloring
  • Small tubs

How to make it

Put all your ingredients except, the food coloring, in your saucepan and whisk until combined. Put the saucepan on a medium to low heat and stir constantly until the mixture starts to thicken and coats the back of your spoon. Remove from the heat.

Depending on how many colors you want to make, separate the mixture into your tubs. The using a teaspoon, add a small amount of color into each tub and stir well.

Allow the paint to cool before using.

You can keep the paint in the fridge for a week.


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