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How to do bookish activities with your preschool child

As parents, we know the magic that books hold in capturing our children's imaginations and taking them on exciting adventures to far-off lands. Bookish activities are a fantastic way to extend the joy of reading beyond the pages of a book. They provide an opportunity for our preschoolers to immerse themselves in the stories, characters, and themes they love, sparking creativity and a deeper appreciation for literature. In this blog post, we'll explore a delightful array of bookish activities designed to captivate your little one's imagination and make reading a truly immersive and interactive experience.

1. Book Character Dress-Up:

Encourage your preschooler to dress up as their favorite book character! Whether it's a brave knight, a whimsical fairy, or a friendly animal, dressing up allows children to step into the shoes of their beloved characters and bring the story to life. It's a great way for them to act out scenes from the book and develop a deeper connection with the story.

Suggested Activity:

After reading "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," your child can transform into a colorful caterpillar using a homemade costume and enjoy a delightful day of munching on pretend fruits and treats!

2. Storytelling and Puppet Shows:

Create your own puppet show or storytelling session based on the book your child loves. Gather puppets or use stuffed animals as characters and let your child narrate the story or even come up with a sequel to the original tale. This activity promotes creativity and imaginative play while reinforcing the book's plot and characters.

Activity Suggestion:

After reading "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," your child can act out the story with teddy bear puppets, exploring the consequences of curiosity and respecting others' belongings.

3. Book-based Crafts:

Engage in crafts that are inspired by the book's theme or characters. Crafts not only reinforce the book's content but also provide a hands-on experience that enhances comprehension and memory retention.

Example: After reading "The Jungle Book," create your own jungle animal masks using paper plates, markers, and craft materials, allowing your child let out their wild side during imaginative play.

4. Book Discussions:

Set up a cozy book club or discussion session where you and your child can explore the book's themes, characters, and lessons together. This activity promotes language development, critical thinking, and social skills.

Example: After reading "The Gruffalo," discuss the cleverness of the mouse and the importance of bravery in facing challenges.

5. Story Writing:

Encourage your preschooler to become a budding author by writing their own stories or sequels based on the book they've read. This activity nurtures creativity and helps children express their thoughts and emotions.

Example: After reading "The Little Engine That Could," your child can create their own story about a brave little vehicle overcoming obstacles to reach its destination.

6. Book Scavenger Hunt:

Organize a book-themed scavenger hunt by hiding items or clues related to the book throughout your home or a designated area. This activity adds an element of excitement and adventure to the reading experience.

Example: After reading "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" hide stuffed animals or pictures of different animals, and let your child "see" them just like in the book.

7. Role-Playing Games:

Create interactive games where children can pretend to be the book's characters and make decisions based on the story. This activity enhances imaginative play and fosters empathy towards the book's characters.

Here is a beautiful set up for a bookish activity based on the book "The tiger who came to tea" by our group member Ms. Preety Roy and her delightful son. What a great opportunity to expand the child's vocabulary and have a fun filled pretend play session!

Suggested Activity:

After reading "The Three Little Pigs," engage in a role-playing game where your child takes on the role of the clever pig, building houses to protect against the big bad wolf.

8. Book-inspired Cooking:

Prepare recipes or snacks that are mentioned in the book or relate to the story's setting. Cooking together not only reinforces the book's content but also enhances bonding time.

Example: After reading "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," bake cookies with your child, just like the cookie-loving mouse in the story.

9. Book-themed Art Projects:

Engage in art activities that depict scenes from the book or create illustrations inspired by the story. This activity nurtures creativity and allows children to visually express their understanding of the book.

Example: After reading "The Rainbow Fish," create shimmering fish collages using colorful craft paper, sequins, and glitter.

(Note: The Rainbow Fish is available as a Bath Book too! To know all the types of books available for kids, read this post.

10. Creating a Book Nook:

Design a cozy reading nook with decorations and props related to the book's setting or theme. This activity enhances the reading experience and creates a special space dedicated to storytelling and imagination.

Example: After reading "Mammas In The Wild" and "Pappas In The Wild," decorate a reading corner with jungle-themed decor and plush wild animal friends for your little one to venture into their own wild adventures.

11. Get Creative!

You can think of more creative ways to expand the book reading activity to integrate with other play-based activities. For example. here is how we did story sequencing and coding activity based on a book.

👉Read how to do story sequencing activity here.

You can weave in writing activities, drawing, or indeed any kind of learning with a bookish activity. Here is a colourful bookish activity done by our sweet group member, Naitik!

How to get the most of bookish activities with your child:

To get the most out of bookish activities with your child, it's essential to create a well-rounded and engaging experience that fosters their love for reading and sparks their creativity.

First and foremost, select books that resonate with your child's interests and age level, as this will enhance their enthusiasm for the activities. As you embark on bookish adventures, encourage interactive discussions about the story's characters, themes, and lessons to deepen their comprehension and critical thinking skills. Engage in hands-on crafts and role-playing games inspired by the book to bring the story to life and nurture imaginative play. Incorporate storytelling sessions and puppet shows where your child can explore their own interpretations of the tale.

Additionally, create a cozy book nook or reading corner to cultivate a dedicated space for reading and learning. By combining these elements and embracing the magic of storytelling, you'll maximize the benefits of bookish activities, turning reading into an enchanting and rewarding journey for your little ones.

Bookish activities add an extra layer of joy and learning to your preschooler's reading experience. By engaging in these immersive and interactive activities, your child will not only develop a love for books but also enhance their creativity, language skills, and imaginative play. So, gather your favorite books, embrace the magic of storytelling, and embark on countless bookish adventures with your little one! Happy reading! 📚🌠✨


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