Storytime with Karen – Home

A child’s home is a foundation for learning, growing and belonging. It’s somewhere to feel safe, supported and cared for. More than ever we have been told to ‘Stay home and stay safe’. Since the global pandemic we have had to work from home, isolate at home and stay home during lockdowns. And in July we were told to stay at home because of wild and stormy weather, including gale force winds, heavy rain and hail stones. Everybody’s home is different, but they are where we spend time together with our families. Our homes are more than just a place to live, they provide security, comfort and identity.   

Being stuck at home provides a great opportunity to grab a book and read aloud to your children. Awaken their imaginations and improve their language skills at the same time. By reading aloud you can help your children discover the joy of reading.

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Books 

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This book is based on the TV series Bluey

At Home With the Heelers

The Heelers are a very popular dog family, made up of dad Bandit, mum Chilli and daughters Bluey and Bingo. In this board book you meet the family, explore their home and discover the games they like to play. Games like Hospitals, Featherwand, Hedgehogs and putting on shows. The Heelers happy home is the perfect setting for playing lots of fun games and doing things together as a family. This will appeal to very young fans of Bluey and you could play the games at your home too!

The Dress-up Box

This is a story about turning a house into a home. The Frolleys had to move from a house they loved, to one with dripping taps, stinky carpets, a tiny backyard, no front garden and ants in the kitchen! And while they were sad to leave their beloved house behind, the children create their own fun using the packing boxes, their old toys and teddies and their dress-up box. The power of imagination is instrumental to realising that home can be anywhere – it just needs you to make it!

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written by Patrick Guest and illustrated by Nathaniel Eckstrom

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written and illustrated by Eric Carle

A House for Hermit Crab

Hermit Crab has outgrown his shell and needs to find himself a larger one. The new shell is quite drab, but over the course of a year Hermit Crab finds many different sea creatures to decorate, enhance and protect it, transforming his new house into a home. By the end of the year Hermit Crab has again outgrown his shell and he has to move on again. This is a reassuring story for children who are facing change in their own lives. And they will also learn some fascinating things about marine life too.

Songs 

This is Where I Live

A song about different types of homes and families.

My House 

Welcome to my house, this is where I feel at home.

A Crafty Idea

Make your own puppet show using rooms from Bluey’s house. A great craft activity idea from Bluey’s website.

You will need:

  • Templates
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • 2 shoe boxes
  • Wooden skewers
  • A4 white card
  • Colour printer
  • Glue stick

Method:

  • Download and print the templates.
  • Glue the kitchen template into one shoebox.
  • Glue the bedroom template into the other shoebox.
  • Cut around the bedroom props and tape them to wooden skewers.
  • Cut around the kitchen chairs and tape them to wooden skewers.
  • Glue the bowls onto the benchtop of the kitchen template.
  • Cut around the characters that make up Bluey’s family and tape them to wooden skewers.
  • Recreate a Bluey story or make up your own!