With all the excitement of World Book Day, we planned to do lots of activities with books. My daughter absolutely loves reading, “When the Dragons Came,” by Naomi Kefford and Lynne Moore, at the moment so it seemed an ideal one to look at. We shared the story, discussing the pictures as we went.
We talked about the colours of each dragon as we read the book. I copied the outline of two of the dragons (one light/dark green and one light/dark blue) onto a piece of white paper for her to colour. I placed light green, dark green, light blue and dark blue crayons on the table for her to use as well as a couple of red and yellow crayons. We discussed which crayons we were to use and which ones to put back, to be able to copy the colours of the dragons onto the outline I had drawn. My daughter did this brilliantly, colouring the first dragon in using the different shades of green.
We discussed what each human character was doing and how this related to my daughter’s experiences. We had just come back from the shops so we talked about how we were similar to Amelia Topping who loved shopping. I made a couple of cards to show the prices of different fruits in the shop that Amelia Topping could have purchased and placed a bowl of the fruits on the table. We put in apples (two pence each), bananas (one pence each) and oranges (one pence each). We also discussed that Dragon Food would cost about five pence. She had a little giggle at this! My daughter played with the various one pence, two pence and five pence coins that I had put onto the table. We looked at the numbers on them, to help with her number recognition. We also made a line of five of each type of coin, to help with matching as well as to practice counting to five by pointing to each in turn and saying the number out loud. After a while, my daughter had eyed the apples long enough to decide that she would actually like to eat one. I referred to the price label and asked her for two pence to pay for the apple. We looked again at the numbers on the coins and she found a coin with a, “2,” on it to give me. She had applied what we had just been talking about to pay for her apple as well as to have a healthy snack to eat!
Once snack time was over, my daughter wanted to get out of her seat and do something. She dressed up as a dragon and pretended to help the characters in the rain, just as the story described. She had a great time stomping about, as well as trying to get into the sleeping bag with her enormous tail! She really enjoyed her morning and made me re-read the story at bedtime too.
World Book Day has been a fantastic day for us so far. Although my daughter is not a Nursery or School yet, I am glad we were able to still make it a special day of activities centred around her love of books.
What kinds of activities has your child done today? It would be great to hear your ideas!