NATIONAL READ A BOOK DAY

Try these 5 activities based on classic stories

Now you can read a book of your own. Or a magazine. Or the backs of your eyelids as you rest…

The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Turn snack time into a game. Help them to turn their index finger into a little caterpillar by dotting two little eyes on the tip. Then get them to wiggle their finger into a bowl of snacks and let the caterpillar choose what they’ll eat next: will it be 4 strawberries maybe, a slice of watermelon, or maybe a cupcake?

The Gruffalo: Set them a monster drawing challenge. Tell them what to add to their monster by taking inspiration from The Gruffalo. Use this description: But who is this creature with terrible claws and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws? He has knobbly knees and turned-out toes, and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose. His eyes are orange, his tongue is black; he has purple prickles all over his back. Oh help! Oh no! It’s a Gruffalo!

Charlotte’s Web: Help your small person to make their own web to write messages on, using black paper, chalk and magnetic letters. First give them the card and chalk to draw their web with. Now help them to build words in the web with the letters – they might write their name, hello, “some pig”, or something else. Alternatively, snip out a spider to pop on the web. We like to keep it simple.

The Cat in the Hat: Play this rhyming game: one person is the cat (in the hat – so they must wear a hat). They say a word and the next person changes the first letter to say a word that rhymes with it. They can say nonsense words, as long as they rhyme. To help early phonics learners play the game, write the word down so they can sound it out.

Elmer the Elephant: Play pin the trunk on Elmer with this free downloadable game.

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