F is for fairy tales, fairy godmothers, frog princes, frightening fable foes, fat little piggies, fancy felines and a fair-haired porridge thief.
The Fairy tales theme is another one of my favourites, I know I say that in every post- I love them all! My favourite part about this theme is that most, if not all, of the children and adults are familiar with at least one or two fairy tales. When a child is familiar with a story they interact more and are confident in answering questions or even retelling the story, this is great for building their comprehension skills. When a child retells a story they practise their understanding of story structure and sequence. So if your little one wants you to read Cinderella for the 20th time – DO and ask them questions about the story, get them to retell it after you have read it.
Right-o let’s get into the fun stuff. The first book below is brilliant! It always gets great feedback from the parents and often I read it twice during a session. Unfortunately, it is not available for loan as it contain lots of little pieces- but it would make a perfect present.
A hilarious choose-your-own-adventure novelty book. Have a sneak peak at the pages below.
As you can see you can change the characters in the book. When I am reading it aloud at storytime I always ask the kids to help me decide which character belongs in the story. The magic toilet gets lots of giggles and conversation happening.
The summary on the back cover reads: Ruby is in charge of this book. And she’ll tell you something right now. There are NO BEARS in it. Not even one.
This fantabulous fairy tale is a treat to read and the illustrations are beautiful. Get your child to see if they can spot any bears as you read along. The author of this book is a local- she lives in Fremantle, WA. If you enjoy reading this one why not check out her other books we have in our collection- Meg McKinlay Books.
Five Knights in Shining Armour
(Use fingers to count five knights)
Five knights in shining armour, fearless and brave,
Went hunting for a dragon in a deep dark cave.
The dragon breathed some fire, the knights were all aquiver
And one little knight ran and dove into the river!
(Count down remaining knights)
Credit Moxie Librarian
For craft I have included printouts from the Walker books webpage. So click, print and enjoy.
Colouring in sheets are great for developing coordination and fine motor skills. It is an excellent opportunity for children to practise their pencil grip.
One for the big kids: ‘Find-a-words’ are a great way to build vocabulary skills and lead to word recognition. This is also a way to develop a child’s tracking ability (tracking is the ability to keep your eyes where you want them on the page). This is used in reading when children stop using rulers or their finger to follow their reading and learn to track the line they are on and then track down to the one below.
Do you have any books, rhymes or craft ideas you would like to share? Please leave a comment below.