Get moving with books
Sitting down to look at a book or listen to a story can seem uninteresting for children who are particularly active. Here are a few simple ideas that may help change their perception of books.
- Collect several large books. Think outside the box and beyond children's books. Use this activity to, for example, introduce young children to dictionaries and encyclopedias. Illustrated versions can represent a great starting point. Organize a short exercise session where children can have fun lifting the books in front of their body and even above their head. After a few repetitions, invite children to look at the pages of their book for a few minutes to take a break from all their heavy lifting. Repeat.
- Use books to create a unique obstacle course that will give children the opportunity to discover unfamiliar books. You can, for example, use several books to create a stack that children can crawl, jump, or step over (placing a special book on top of the pile). You can also arrange a few books on the floor, spacing them out. Children can run or walk between or around the books. Set several books on a high shelf. Children will have to stretch up high to grab a book. You can then have them run to a basket at the opposite end of the room to deposit it inside. The possibilities are endless.
- Select one or more books in which the main characters perform various actions and invite children to act them out as you read the story. They will have to pay close attention to the text and illustrations.
- If you have old encylopedias you no longer use, children will love to use them as steps they can climb up and down over and over again. These improvised steps can represent great additions for original exercise sessions with your group.
- Choose a few books that include popular characters. Set them at one end of your daycare, leaving approximately an arm's length between them. At the other end, fill a large bin with stuffed animals, figurines, laminated pictures, puppets, etc. that represent these characters. When you give the signal, children run to the basket, grab an item, and run to deposit it on the corresponding book before running back to get another item. The activity continues until the basket is empty. Afterwards, children can flip through the pages of the books quietly for a few minutes to catch their breath. Let them use the various accessories to bring the stories to life as they imagine them.
- And there you have it: proof that you can have fun with books beyond sitting calmly in a corner (even if that is a lot of fun too)!
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