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Book Week Feature #012

Book Week - story tellers
Let's celebrate book week and take a look at some amazing play ideas of how to use books in every day play along with the benefits of bookish play!
Bookish Play
The benefits of reading to children extend to language development, as books expose children to words that are more sophisticated than they would typically use. Children then grow their understanding of new language and use it to retell the story and begin to use it in their every day language.
Photos: @daisy_and_garnet (left)   @henry.at.home (middle)   @sweet_life_of_mine_ (right)
Retelling stories
Retelling stories is an excellent way to ensure children have properly comprehended what they have read. After reading stories over and over again and then retell the story themselves, when they tell the story to themselves, they solidify this knowledge and convert heard language into expressed language.
Photos: @immy_plays_and_learns (left)   @ncmummabird (middle)   @our_little_farmer
Writing & Drawing Prompts
A creative writing prompt such as a picture or opening sentence can help to fire the creative process. It gives children both the freedom and encouragement to develop their ideas by thinking beyond the obvious and immediate. Visual prompts are a great way to encourage children to draw their story if they're not at the writing stage. Have a look at #mylittlesetdraw for some great ideas.
Photos: @mandarinreaders & @hopekidsot (left)   @a_learningthroughplay (right)
Sensory Trays
Children love to squish, pull, pour, stir, tap, rub, push, sniff, listen, transport, combine, explore, find, make patterns and engage in role play. Seeing, hearing, touching, tasting and smelling are all ways children learn to think, feel and compare their environment and the objects within it. Using multiple senses at the same time stimulates learning and language development, especially descriptive words
Photos: @ncmummabird (left)   @babyandherbabies_ (middle)   @immy_plays_and_learns (right)
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