Crystal (and Lewis), Preston | April 15, 2020
One of my favourite things to do when I read at home with my son Lewis is to have the story set us up for a fun activity. I’m doing my best to keep him entertained and engaged, and have found that using story books to guide our play and learning is working really well.
Did you know you can borrow thousands of children's books through Download Library? You can and there’s never been a better time to start exploring!
If you’ve never read a Pete the Cat book, now is the time. These fun and energetic stories will have you laughing and learning together. Once you start, you’ll want to keep reading, and there are many titles available.
For a purrrrfectly enjoyable afternoon, start with Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party and then make pizzas afterwards. Your child may enjoy drawing a pizza, or gluing and pasting a construction paper pizza. If you have English muffins or naan bread try making a pizza for lunch or snack. You could even plan a pizza party for after self-isolations wraps up. List who you plan to invite, what kind of pizza and drinks you’ll serve and activities to entertain (though, for now, it might be best to plan everything except the date).
If your child is the musical type check out Pete the Cat, Rock on Mom and Dad! Or borrow one of these classic children’s song titles including, Five Little Ducks, Old MacDonald had a Farm, The Wheels on the Bus, and The Itsy, Bitsy Spider. If you have an instrument at home take it out and try to play along with the songs. You could also make your own instruments, like a simple drum with a bowl and a wooden spoon or use some wooden dowels as tapping sticks.
Don’t forget that Pete the Cat has a series of early readers as well. Read Pete the Cat Goes Camping and build a living room tent with blankets and couch cushions or put up your tent outside for a whole new backyard experience. If you have lots of odds and ends around the house like toothpicks, old erasers, ribbons, craft sticks and the like, read Pete the Cat Builds a Tree House and challenge your readers to build their own treehouse out of the provided materials.
Kids are naturally inspired to create content-related play and projects on their own and these are perfect opportunities to extend on themes, concepts, and messages shared through literature and art. We often only need to listen to their observations and ideas to bring the story home in a meaningful and entertaining way.