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When the Dragons Came…

Reading, "When the Dragons Came."
Reading, “When the Dragons Came.”

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.

Colour matching crayons
She matched the crayon colours to the colour of the dragon in the story.

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.

Counting coins
Counting coins and paying two pence for her apple.

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!

Dressing as a dragon.
She dressed up as a dragon, pretending to get into her sleeping bag.

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!



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  • Have you read playing by the book. It is a great blog with lots of play activities based on books

    • dillydrops

      I haven’t read that one but I shall look out for it. Thank you 🙂

  • What a lovely post – that’s a great dragon’s tail!! We don’t know that book but as a household that loves dragons I’ll definitely look out for it! 🙂

    • dillydrops

      Thank you! Dragons are great 🙂

  • wow what a wonderful mum you are .I love interactive play with kids it really helps to grow their imagination.

    • dillydrops

      Awww…thank you :-). I love spending time doing these kinds of activities with my children, it’s so much fun!

  • cassfrugalfamily

    It looks like you’ve had a great day and you’re doing a great job or nurturing a love of books and reading. x x

    • dillydrops

      Thank you, she certainly does love her reading!

  • It is amazing how much you can teach your children whilst they are playing. You have some very creative ideas.

    • dillydrops

      Thank you, I try to be as creative as I can :-). I find they learn much better when they are enjoying themselves.

  • So glad you all enjoyed World Book Day. Great post xx

    • dillydrops

      Thank you, it was a fun day!x

  • What great activities she got up to – brilliant! My child is on work experience at the moment, he’s texted to say he’s staying late to help out! I’m so proud!

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    • dillydrops

      Fantastic! You should be proud. I’m glad to hear that he’s enjoying it!

  • What a beautiful post. Your daughter is so engaged with her book 🙂

    • dillydrops

      Thank you! She loves her books 🙂

  • Fab ideas! I had lots of gruffalo themed activities for today but both kids are poorly so it went out of the window!! I’ll keep these in mind 🙂

    • dillydrops

      Aww…at least you can do them another day. I hope your children are feeling better soon.

  • What a lovely post, so many great ideas. So lovely to see, sounds like it’s been a good day 🙂

    • dillydrops

      Thank you, we had a lovely day! She’s fast asleep now, so all is good! 🙂

  • I’ve not heard of that book will have to look out for it. it sounds like you have had a really fun day with some great activities!

    • dillydrops

      We had loads of fun! I like it when she is keeping busy.

  • I love that dragons tail, think I’d rather like one for myself!! My son dressed up as Batman for World Book Day, totally encouraged by his mother who couldn’t be faffed to make an outfit 😉

    • dillydrops

      Thank you! My boyfriend’s mother made the tail, it’s great! Batman is still a fantastic costume. My son went in his pyjamas as a boy going to bed with his favourite book, so we put even less effort into it! lol!

  • Books are great for sparking imagination!

    • dillydrops

      You are right, books are brilliant!

  • Arrr your daughter looks so cute as a dragon, what a great tail! Looks like you had a fab time!

    • dillydrops

      Thank you! We had a lot of fun!

  • What a lot of fun you’ve had today!! Oscar loves his books and is starting to recognise some words so we’ve been doing our usual stuff to be honest. His favourite book at the moment is “Duck Counts Sheep” which is a Thomas the Tank Engine book aimed at teaching kids of the 4-6 age range basic maths… but as Oscar is obsessed with numbers he knows this book by heart and wants to read it every day. So that one came out, but we didn’t really do anything special for World Book Day… reading how much you did makes me think we kinda missed out on something here!!

    • dillydrops

      The main thing is that he is enjoying reading. He sounds like he’s doing brilliantly with his numbers too – well done Oscar!

  • So cute seeing her get into her dragon tail. I love acting out the books we’ve read it’s great for their imagination development. x

    • dillydrops

      Thank you! She loves being a dragon, there are so many things dragons are allowed to do that little girls aren’t. Stomping about and roaring a lot were the things she loved the most!

  • A day to celebrate books is just so great isn’t it whatever your age. I love your little girl’s dragon tail too!

    • dillydrops

      Thank you! Yes, it is great that there is such a day :-). Books are ace!

  • I love reading posts like these where parents are using books to teach in such a fun way. As the Mini Grumpy Egyptian gets older, I hope I can do little activities like these with her 🙂

    • dillydrops

      Thank you. I hope you and the Mini Grumpy Egyptian have a great time :-).

  • I’ve never heard of this book – we will have to look for it at the library…
    I love that your daughter put on a dragon tail to go stomping! 😉

    • dillydrops

      She had a great time! 🙂

  • So cute dressed as a dragon! Lovely ideas you have, lucky girl having such a creative mummy.

    • dillydrops

      Thank you! It makes me smile seeing how happy it makes her to do these activities.

  • Love her dragons tail! We have a pink dragon called Twinkle that lives under our trampoline and blows bubbles instead of fire apparent,y!

    • dillydrops

      Thank you! Wow-I love the sound of your dragon! They get everywhere, don’t they?! 🙂

  • Lovely post, I love her costume! x

    • dillydrops

      Thank you! She’s still stomping about in it today 🙂

  • I absolutely love this. We did a similar thing playing ‘shops’ last week when looking at Mr Wolf’s Pancakes and it took a whole morning of play. You would be very welcome to link up to my #kidsbookaweek linky on Damson Lane as I love to see activities based around books and it is a great way to discover new books too. There is a new link every Wednesday and I pin and tweet the posts and share the booky love x

    • dillydrops

      That would be brilliant! I will head over on Wednesday 🙂 I’d love to read Mr Wolf’s Pancakes, I’ve heard such great things about it :-).

  • dillydrops

    Thank you! We had a great time 🙂

  • Looks like you had a brilliant World Books Day. We just spent ours reading lots of new books.

    • dillydrops

      We enjoyed every moment of it! It’s always great to read new book 🙂 I hope you enjoyed your day too!

  • Awww looks like you had a great time. I haven’t heard of that book, I’ll have to check it out, the girls love new stories 🙂

    • dillydrops

      It is a wonderful book! New stories are always fun!

  • dillydrops

    Thank you.

  • You are so lucky that your little one is into reading!
    It will pay off big time later on

    • dillydrops

      I am very pleased with her. Her and her brother are always walking about with a book attached to their hands!

  • Love this post. It’s always wonderful to see kids who are passionate about reading. I hadn’t heard of the book before but Miss J loves dragons so I’ll check it out.

    • dillydrops

      Thank you! It is a great book 🙂

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