Yesterday on our facebook page I asked readers where their children loved going on family outings. Museums, the zoo and the beach were all mentioned along with science centers and more. I think that part of learning through play is setting a launch pad for a deeper experience and using books as a tool for that is an easy option . Whether you homeschool or just want to enrich your family time using books to deepen these hands on experiences your kids will learn more. I have rounded up books for each of these popular sights, click through the image or text for the full reviews of each title.
Children love making books, and a book about what they did last weekend , or on a special family outing is a perfect way to help your child tell a story staring their favorite person!
- Before going on vacation, to the zoo etc… be ready to take a lot of pictures, and remember to take pictures of the things your child was really into. If your child was napping during the parade or didn’t see the dolphin show at the aquarium – don’t bother including those pictures. Talk to your child about what they see before you take the picture so when it comes time to recall it even younger ones will be able to!
- Once home, gather your materials. You will need some pictures of your outing/weekend , construction paper, crayons or markers, some glue or double stick tape ( I love this stuff!) and a stapler.
- Have your child decorate the pages before you add the pictures.
- Fold the paper in 2 to make multiple pages.
- Add the pictures , using double stick tape or glue . I suggest the double stick tape because it is easy, clean won’t make the pages stick together like glue will if it dribbles out.
- After adding a picture add some text, ask your child what the picture is of, and to tell you about it. Write verbatim what they tell you, if they are old enough have them write it!
- Staple the pages together, I ended up using ribbon and sewing it together because my art closet is a mess and I couldn’t find my stapler!
- Read the new book with your child!
These are 3 new books I found at my library and wanted to share !
” Little Baby Bobby” by Nancy Van Laan is a story about Bobby and his runaway stroller, oh and his babysitter Britta who chases after him. We follow Bobby all over town as a larger and larger group of people join the chase, all the while bumping into things and Bobby is happily bouncing along. The illustrations are fun, the text has cute rhymes but over all this is just an ok book. My son sat for a few pages but wasn’t too thrilled. It’s worth a look if you are at the library though!
” Scaredy Squirrel makes a friend” by Melanie Watt is hilarious! I laughed out loud from start to finish, my son who is 18 months old didn’t get the humor at all but laughed at me laughing! Older preschoolers will get most of the humor though and like my son, will love the pictures ! Here is my favorite line : in very small print on the inside cover it reads ” * Caution: this story not suitable for walruses. ” Oh how I laughed ! The dry humor aside, the book follows an anxious squirrel looking for a friend , but one that is safe and won’t bite! Of course the message is about taking risks and kids will get it! I love this book!