Getting more out of your shared reading time
When sharing stories with young children, one idea to add fun, excitement and participation is to add a prop from around your house. Props can be anything that relate to the book and are helpful for young children to better understand the story and increase engagement. They also add to the excitement of storytime and can help your child understand the meaning of more unfamiliar words. For example, showing your child a patchwork pillow or quilt to help them understand what the word patchwork means. You can also use items that are tiny, little, big and huge to help explain some of the describing words used in a story. Props can be anything from real objects, sounds, toys, craft, natural materials or food.
Try these simple ideas for the popular story The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
- Grab a pipe cleaner or green scarf and make a caterpillar to act out the story. You could even draw some eyes on your finger to be the caterpillar.
- Get some real food from your fridge or fruit bowl and use them to explore together what the hungry caterpillar likes to eat.
You can also look for photos of real caterpillars and butterflies and have fun with butterfly actions as you fly around the room at the end of this story.
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