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If you search pinterest for book related activities you will get thousands of ideas: crafts, worksheets, printables, recipes, etc. It can be overwhelming, but it really doesn’t have to be that complicated. Encouraging an interest in books and getting children to think deeper about the storylines or what they’re learning is a good thing. But, it has to be meaningful and you don’t need complicated crafts and a big list of materials to do it. All you need is a book, and whatever else you have at home.
I thought I’d share with you some of the ways we’ve been using books as a prompt for further exploration and creative expression!
Exploring an Interest
When one of the girls has an interest in a topic I will often set up invitations for them to explore it further. For example, my oldest was learning about bees for a long time and this is just one of the ways she explored that…
Some clay, wire, and tools set out with a book on bees encouraged them to represent their learning by making sculptures.
Books and Art
Books are a great prompt for art! Lately we have been loving wordless books, especially ‘Journey‘ by Aaron Becker. Every time we read it we find things we hadn’t seen before. We’ve been talking about how the pictures tell the story and how people might interpret things in different ways. I set up this little exploration to invite them to respond to the book through art.
We read the book together first and then I asked them ‘If you had a magic crayon like in the book, what colour would it be?’ They both chose an oil pastel and drew their door in the corner of their page. Then I asked them ‘where would your door lead to?’
Books and Loose Parts
Simply setting out a book with some blocks or loose parts can invite great creativity and imagination! And it’s so simple to do.
We recently watched the life cycle of some sunflowers as they grew in our garden. Afterwards I set out our life cycle book alongside Spielgaben pieces to invite the girls to represent what they had witnessed. Miss 6 took up the offer! Spielgaben is great for loose parts creations and I knew it would be inviting as it contained all the colours and shapes she would need.
She used an assortment of pieces combined with blu-tac to make a 3D model of the life cycle (including the sun and rain they needed to make them grow).
She then made labels for each stage.
And added a rainbow for good measure.
There are endless ways you can explore books and they are fabulous for encouraging creativity and hands on learning. All you need is a book and some art materials, blocks, or loose parts. Most people have these at home! The key is to keep it simple, inviting, and meaningful to your child.
How have you used books creatively? I’d love to hear about it.