Tips to share 10 Silly Wombats by Ed Allen
It’s never too early to share and enjoy stories together as a family. Right from birth, your little one can become a member at your local library – where you can borrow from a wide selection of age-appropriate titles. It’s free and everyone is welcome.
Have fun singing this book with your family to the tune of of ten green bottles. If you haven’t heard this one or need a refresher, see this video.
The repeated first line is a great opportunity to encourage your little one to join in as they pick up on the repetition. Young children love repetition in books and songs, especially when they can join in as they become more familiar with the tune or story.
Have a go at the actions – linking actions to words helps with understanding new vocabulary. Depending on the verse you could have a go together at dancing, swinging, or eating ice-cream.
There are signs and other illustrations of print in the book like the bus route and number. It’s beneficial to point these out when you come across them – in books and as you go about your day. Talking about different types of writing helps children to understand all the different purposes print has – which is an important early literacy skill.
Ask open ended questions that give your child the opportunity to talk about what you’re reading. You could ask: What is the wombat that is having too much fun doing? Where are the silly wombats hiding?
It’s also great when sharing books to use the content to start conversations about your own life experiences. For example you could say Remember when we went on the waterslide? Have you ever swung too high on the swing? How did that make you feel?
If your child is old enough, finish off with a game of Hide and Seek.
For more ideas on how to make the most of the early years, participate in a free First 5 Forever story, rhyme or baby time session at your local library. They’re not only fun for your little one, they’re a great way meet other families and learn together.