I have been writing quite a bit about books and reading lately and I thought it was time for a post on how to bring books to life. My kids read quite a few books for school and I often want them to have something tangible to hold onto, to remember a book by. They could write endless book reports and we could print out pretty book report papers and list: Title, Author, Publisher and so on… but really if they had to do this for every book they read for school they would have vast tracks of notebooks filled and they would not necessarily remember the difference between one book report and another let alone one book and another. Make no mistake they do their fair share of book reports and I will write a post on their writings, but this post is really about making a book – usually the book we are reading aloud as a family, more fun and memorable.
Here you go Se7en really quick ways for your kids to bring a book to life…
- Cook it: If the book you are reading contains a meal or they bake something then recreate it. We never read an Enid Blyton book without making cocoa – kids in her books are always drinking cocoa!!! Try something new. Don’t worry about the mess and don’t worry about the flops, the fact that you made the effort seems to be enough!!! We made copious amounts of donuts when we read Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary. And Bruce Bogtrotter Cake with Matilda by Roald Dahl trust me, this is a winner!!!
- Act it: Wether you act the story out full size or with various puppets it doesn’t matter… Many a story has been acted out on our kitchen table – all the world is a stage after all!!! And Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh is a permanent feature in our home at the moment.
- Puppet it: So many puppet shows have dangled from our front porch. Finger puppets are fabulous and can be used again and again… But my favorite are teeny tiny puppets that you can really create to fit any story you are reading.
- Craft it: Many books lend themselves to crafting. And let’s be honest kids love crafting… My kids have sat around making millions of card people while listening to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and there are so many more easy ideas… here is a list of book related crafts.
- Se7en Quick Pockets for Corduroy.
- Bill Martin Junior Book Covers in Se7en Steps…
- Where the Wild Things Are, Se7en Pairs of Terrible Yellow Eyes…
- Articulated Beasts and Where the Wild Things Are Round-Up.
- Se7en Do Ravenous Beast Collages.
- Tubby and the Lantern and a Se7en Lamp Extravaganza.
- Alpaca Hats in Se7en Steps.
- Mrs. Armitage and Her Se7en Hundred Surfboards.
- Eric Carle’s Radical Rockets.
- Go Dog Go Do You Like My Hat? – in Se7en Steps…
- The Far Pavilions and a Magnifying Glass in Se7en Steps…
- A Bear Hunt Board Game.
- Madiba Magic… Silk Shirts.
- Where the Wild Things Are Shadow Puppets.
And the Se7en +1th Idea…