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Bookish Play : Sophia the squirrel

Sophia the squirrel is part of the feeling friends series by Phillipa Morissette. A group of cute character books helping little children to cope with big emotions.

In this book Sophia is afraid and anxious and learns how to find her courage, which makes her happy.

Sophia the

Sophia the squirrel

How to start

We always start our bookish play in the same way each week, by reading through the book and opening discussion on the characaters, story and talking about the illustrations.

In this book we spoke about things that make us scared and how to find our courage.We looked the emotions of happy, sad, brave, scared and anxious.

Then we move onto the activity that accompanies the book’s theme.

To compliment this book, I wanted to focus on emotions and so I used a salt tray with a happy face hidden under the salt.

We had to name one thing that made us happy, then using the paint brush move away the salt and reveal the smiling face.

This is a good fine motor activity and also great practice on pencil grip.

Happy face

Draw a happy face

What you need:

For this activity you will need:

  • Casserole dish or plastic container
  • White board markers
  • Salt
  • Paintbrush
Pencil grip
Use this opportunity to teach pencil grip

How to play:

First draw a smiling face in the bowl or container with the whiteboard marker.

Next cover with salt. Fine salt works best but I only had coarse salt in the house and this was just as efficient.

Let your child list something that makes them happy and then use the brush to move the salt and reveal the smiling face.

You can take this opportunity to introduce pencil grip and the correct way to hold a pencil.

Play

Engrossed in play

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Bookish Play : Bug Bear

Bug bear by Patricia Hegarty, is the cutest little story about an annoying bug that finally finds his place.

Bug bear book
Bug bear

How to start

We always start our bookish play in the same way each week, by reading through the book and opening discussion on the characaters, story and talking about the illustrations.

Then we move onto the activity that accompanies the book’s theme.

To compliment this book, I wanted to make our own annoying bugs and to do this I thought we could use some red finger paint and make fingerprint bugs.

Older children could draw more detail on the bugs with markers and if you like you could use googly eyes instead of drawing them on.

Fingerprints
Fingerprints

You will need:

For this activity you will need:

  • White paper
  • A flat plate or paing palette to pour some paint into
  • Red finger paint
  • Markers
  • Googly eyes – optional

How to play :

Lay out the paper and pour a little red finger paint into the paint pallet.

(I like to use Dala Teddy finger paint as I find the consistancy is not too runny.)

Let your child make fingerprints all over the paper. Each print is a bug.

They can then add details, glue on eyes, ect to each bug.

Making prints
Making prints

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Bookish Play:Guess how much I love you

Guess how much I love you has to be our most favourite books.

Hamish and I often sit and watch the cartoon with little brown hare on tv and each evening one of us will shout ….Guess how much I love you?

So, it seemed natural to introduce this as one of our bookish play book themes.

Book and bunny
Guess how much I love you

How to start

We always start our bookish play in the same way each week, by reading through the book and opening discussion on the characaters, story and talking about the illustrations.

Then we move onto the activity that accompanies the book’s theme.

To compliment this book, I wanted to use a heart to represent love and decided to exercize the fine motor muscles with some sensory play dough.

I used cinnamon and ginger to get a similar colour as the nut brown har but you could use nutmeg as well.

Supplies
What you need

To make the playdough

I use a simple dough reciepe if I’m only going to use the dough for a short period of time.

You will need:

  • Flour
  • Water
  • Cinnamon / ginger/ nutmeg spice
  • Containers to mix dough

How to make the dough

For each flavour have 1 cup of flour to 1/4 cup of water.

Add spice to the dry flour and add water slowly, mixing until you have the correct dough consistency.

If your dough is too dry add a bit of water.

If your dough is too wet add a bit of flour.

Dough
Scented dough

How to play

First let your child help you mix up the dough and then smell each spice.

Explain that the colours are similar to the nut brown hare.

Ask them to find the heart cutter and if it represents love to them?

Let them explore the dough, cutting our heart shapes.

Heart
Heart

You can also bake these in the oven for a few minutes at 180° C until brown and use to give to mom, dad or grandparents and let them Guess how much you love them.

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Bookish Play : Peace star

Many of the books we read have messages of tolerance and friendship and the Peace star by Isabella Holden is one of my favourites.

The peace star
The peace star

How to start

We always start our bookish play in the same way each week, by reading through the book and opening discussion on the characaters, story and talking about the illustrations.

After reading this story we decided to use the book to discuss how we could be nice if friends are fighting, opening a discussion on friendships.

Then we move onto the activity that accompanies the book’s theme.

To compliment this book, I wanted to revise the colour yellow and the star shape. To do that I gave Hamish an assortment of star cookie cutters and some yellow paint to make a page of star prints.

Star print
Dip in the paint and print

What you need :

For this activity you will need :

  • White paper
  • Yellow ginger paint
  • Star Cookie cutters in assorted sizes
Star prints
Making star prints

How to play :

Give your child a sheet of paper and lay out the cookie cutters in front of your child so that they can chose the one they want to use.

In a flat container pour out some paint so that your child is able to dip the entire cutter to make prints.

Set aside to dry.

Once it is dry you could use this activity with an older child for them to list ways they can be peaceful, show Ubuntu or be a good friend in each star.

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Bookish play : Jolly Olly Octopus

The aquarium is one of our favourite places and Jolly Olly Octopus by Tony Mitton is a humerous book that we read often.

So, using this book seemed like a good choice to compliment both Hamish’s love of the ocean and his new sea creatures.

Ocean play with sea creatures
Small world ocean play

How to start

We always start our bookish play in the same way each week, by reading through the book and opening discussion on the characaters, story and talking about the illustrations.

Then we move onto the activity that accompanies the book’s theme.

To compliment this book, I wanted to use the little sea creatures to first match up to the various sea creatures in the book and for some small world play to enable Hamish to retell the story as he interpreted it.

Bookish play with Jolly olly octopus
Jolly olly octopus

Make your own

You will need:

  • Clear container
  • Small plastic sea creatures
  • Water
  • Blue shower gel or a few drops of blue food colouring to add colour to your water
  • Salt – optional
Boy playing with sea creatures
Left alone to interpret the story as he understood it

How to play

We first read the book and as I pointed out a fish, shark or octopus on the page Hamish named the sea creature and then he found me the small plastic toy that was the same.

Next, I poured water into the container and aadded some blue shower gel to give the water a blue hue.

I left the plastic sea creatures next to the bowl and Hamish to play.

I was quite shocked when he told me that the water needed salt as sea creatures live in salt water. So, we added some salt to the mini ocean.

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Bookish play : Disney Frozen stuck on stories

With Frozen fever all over our house I thought I’d start our new year with some bookish play using this fun book: Disney Frozen Stuck on Stories

This is currently one of Hamish’s favourites and I love to take it with me if we are travelling as it keeps him busy with several activities that don’t require my attention for him to play.

You can read my review here

Dusney Frozen book
Disney frozen stuck on stories

How to start

We always start our bookish play in the same way each week, by reading through the book and opening discussion on the characaters, story and talking about the illustrations.

Then we move onto the activity that accompanies the book’s theme.

To compliment this book, I wanted to use the little characters for some small world play and so I decided to set up an Iceland for Hamish to act out the story on his own.

Ice theme small world play
Frozen Iceland

Make your own Frozen land

To set up you will need:

  • Container for “ice”
  • Disposible nappy ( remove the inner and wet with water to get the desired texture)
  • Frozen characters
Supplies needed
Items you need

To play

I try not to direct Hamish’s play but to rather set out an invitation for him to play.

This allows him to interpret the story as he understood it, develops his imagination and creativity and leaves him free to play with no restrictions.

He often makes up stories very far from the one we read, an that is ok. His imagination is developing.

The ” snow ” texture is a good sensory activity and you could freeze this prior to have it cold or even replace the disposibld nappy snow with shaving cream or real ice.

An invitation to play
An invitation to play and interpret the story as he understood it