Does your child have a favourite story book?
If so this week can you create a bag or a box containing a range of resources to use alongside the story when your are sharing it together?
Encourage your child to help find toys to add to the sack or bag? They will be more eager to talk and discuss the contents of the sack!
Below of an example but you should base your resources and talk on the theme of your child's favourite book.
You will need:
- A book: for example a car, bus or train journey
- Toys/resources: toy vehicles and any other objects which can be associated with the story
- Puzzles: a transport themed jigsaw puzzle
- A song to support your theme, e.g. The Wheels on The Bus
- Make up a bag or box (chatter-box!) with favourite vehicles, chosen by your child
- Take the items out of the bag one at a time and talk about them. E.g. name each one so that they know what they are called.
- Then ask your child to find one that you name, eg “where is the bus” and “where is the car”.
- Perhaps your child can ‘post it’ the items back into the sack or box when they get it right.
- Any attempts to name the vehicles deserves praise and encouragement.
- If a word is mispronounced by a child repeat the word modelling the correct pronunciation. Perhaps the children already know what each one is called, so can be encouraged to name the vehicles or talk about some of their features.
- Talk about the different parts of each item as you play, e.g “the aeroplane is flying using his wings”. “The car has four wheels”. Model and listen for key words, e.g. car, bus, bike, train, boat, wheel, horn, steering.
- Why not use some maths related words to see which is the biggest, smallest, longest, and shortest? Which goes fastest and which is slower? Which is their favourite vehicle? Why?
- Join in ‘driving games’ using the bus, lorry, car etc. Talk about the places the people might drive to, e.g, “we’re going to the shop to get some food”, or “we are going to the seaside to play in the sand”.