With World Book Day just a few days away, we look at some ways to encourage even the most reluctant of readers and create fun and laughter with your much-loved stories.
Experiment with hand puppets
Puppets can be an effective teaching aid for kids. Bring an old classic to life, like Little Red Riding Hood, and let children explore the story in a bright, colourful, tactile way with movement. Give children the role of acting out the story with a puppet!
Dress up and act out the story
Kids love to dress up – ask them to spend the day in costumes as their favourite storybook character! Get them to explain their selection - it could encourage even the most reluctant of readers to join in, take on the character's persona and build their confidence.
Read the book, take the quiz
Set aside some time to read a story in a group, or even outside in a Story Circle. Encourage discussions afterwards and finish with five simple questions about the story or even a picture quiz. Add in a prize for a bit of extra fun!
Mix reading with craft!
Get crafty and make a bookmark to mix the worlds of art and literature. You can use felt or other crafty items or encourage children to draw their favourite character. Making bookmarks is fun and can be enjoyed long after World Book Day is over.
Create a storybook together
Choose a topic - a day at the zoo, a holiday to the beach or even a trip to a museum. Let each child add the next line into the story. Jot down the story and get the children to illustrate the pages.
With such a wide choice of books in the market place, where do you start? Some popular reads at the moment include:
Don’t forget that celebrating reading can extend well beyond World Book Day – you can do it all year around!