It’s the perfect time to get creative and silly, so grab a pencil and some paper and let your imagination run wild.
You just opened a Bayne Library book and instead of seeing words on the page, you find that the inside of the book is like an open window giving you a view into a whole other world! What do you see, hear, and…wait a minute- what is that smell? What happens next?
It is Autumn and you notice something large and furry climbing up the tallest tree at Bayne Park, what is it and how did it get there? You step on a crunchy leaf and it turns and sees you, what is your next move?
You are writing a message in a bottle to put in the Ohio River that will flow into the Mississippi River and eventually all the way into the Gulf of Mexico. Your message isn’t for a human to read, it is for a Bonnethead Shark named Bonnie. Don’t worry, Bonnie just eats crabs, shrimp, mollusks and small fish! What does your message say? Be sure to include drawings- sharks love drawings!
It can be hard to concentrate right now so books may be too much for you. Why not try a magazine! Stay up to date on the latest news, explore long form journalism, get ideas for house projects, or escape to exotic places. Flipster is sure to have a magazine to interest you!
Are you missing storytime? We are too. Why not try and hold your own.
Ask your children to search for a book you have at home that they would like to present for storytime.
Have then gather an audience: stuffed animals, cooperative pets, and other family members.
If your child is old enough to read the story aloud let them. If they are too young to read you can help them co-present by reading aloud or helping them by reading aloud and having them repeat what you just said.
Have your child hold the book so they can see it while reading, but have them walk around to show the page to each member their audience before they turn to the next page.
Encourage funny voices, making sound effects, counting, pointing out colors, talking about what is happening on a page, and movement to act out the story.
If you have multiple kids, give each kid a chance to read a book in the storytime session. Have older children read to younger children.
If this activity is enjoyable, you could repeat it each week with different books from your home or from digital access.
Think of a theme and read multiple books about that theme.
Sing a song you know that makes sense with the story you just read. You can even adapt a song or make up a new song.
Can you think of a craft you can do using resources within your home that pertains to the topic of the book? Check our Pinterest boards for ideas!
Use special voices to pretend to be audience members (stuffed animals, pets) and have them ask questions after the reading for your child to give responses.
Visit the Author’s and Illustrator’s webpage to learn more about them and other books on which they have worked.
We are working behind the scenes to create Pinterest boards of our favorite resources. Up first, Baby Lapsit!
Entertaining babies can be harder than it looks. There are lots of activities recommended online, but which are the best? Our Baby Lapsit board features some of our favorite round-ups of songs, fingerplays, and bounces from our go-to resources.