Monday, April 23, 2012

Book-Based Crafts and Activities to Promote Learning

Pairing books with crafts or activities is one of our favorite learning strategies.

  • it can motivate a child to read; after doing an activity, a child may be more interested in reading the book again and again, or other books on the topic.
  • it helps to build connections between a child's knowledge base and new learning
  • it helps with the transfer of knowledge; learning concepts and skills in different contexts will help your child transfer his knowledge from one situation to another
  • it aids learning through repetition of concepts and ideas 

Today I'm sharing some of the book-based crafts and activities we've been having fun with over the past few weeks.

Spring has been at the top of our list of reading topics, and we've done some gardening and garden-inspired crafts. Although.....I hope I haven't confused baby bookworm, as the seasons have been a little quirky recently.

Last I checked the calendar it was April. Almost May, in fact. But, this is the view outside our window today.

Snowy APRIL day

We've also made our very own Rainbow Fish, and played a super fun game that uses memory skills.

Check it out...

My Garden
by Kevin Henkes

A book that can be enjoyed by both babies and toddlers about a little girl who dreams of her own special garden where jelly beans and seashells might grow.

My Garden is a good book to introduce this topic in a fun and imaginative way.  I hope it inspires you to do some gardening of your own, like it did for us.

Watering our flower garden
Have an infant or young toddler who isn't quite up for the task of gardening yet? You might want to try this craft instead.

Tear multi-colored construction paper into small pieces

Get out your glue stick and paste them in a random fashion
on to white paper
Add a few stems with green crayon - and you have
your very own indoor garden!
What's Missing?
by Niki Yektai and illustrated by Susannah Ryan

In this interactive book, the child looks at the picture and guesses what is missing.  For example, on the cover of the book, the answer to the title's questions is the dog!

Baby bookworm enjoyed this "game" - even though she needed help in some instances.

Inspired by What's Missing?, we played our own what is missing-memory game...

First, I lined up four of baby bookworm's animal figures and had her point to and name each one.

Next, I told her to cover her eyes (and no peeking).

I removed one of the animals, and she had to guess which was missing!  Below she is pointing to where the rhino used to be. After a few practice runs - she got to be a pro at this game.  So simple, and yet kept us entertained for awhile!

The Rainbow Fish
by Marcus Pfister

A tale that celebrates inner beauty and sharing, your child will grow fond of this fish and his shiny scales.

To make your own rainbow fish like we did you will need: cardboard, aluminum foil, paint in hues of green, blue, and purple, and a googly eye.

Simply cut out your cardboard into the shape of a fish and cover it with aluminum foil.

Turn it over and paint.  Add a googly eye and Ta-Da - you have a rainbow fish.

For more book-based crafts and activities check out these previous posts:

Books and Activities Round-Up

Winter Word Activity

Pair a Book with an Activity

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