When we look outside we see more and more activity occurring in our communities as the social distancing rules gradually relax. I don't know about you, but the idea of visiting somewhere further than the end of my street with my family is very welcome. However, I also know that we aren't always going to be able to go out or go very far. This list is a combination of things to do both at home or away to accompany a good story book.
1. Make a rocket - FREE
We are absolutely in love with Look Up by Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola. The story follows Rocket, a little girl who loves everything about space and is keen to get her neighbourhood to watch the Phoenix Meteor Shower and get her brother to look up from is phone. This book is filled with amazing space facts and cute characters including Luna the cat. You can use empty kitchen rolls or bottles and bits of cardboard from cereal boxes to make a rocket. The most fun comes with painting and decorating your rocket. If you're feeling especially adventurous and fancy some messy play, you could even try making your rocket launch with baking soda and vinegar!
2. Make a scrap book - FREE
Children love cutting and sticking at the best of times so why not gather a bunch of pictures of things they like such as food, characters, places to visit and loved ones. During one of the Bookworm Babies UK sessions (pre-Covid), we read But Excuse That Is My Book by Lauren Child. The story follows the popular characters Charlie and Lola to the library, where the book Lola wants to borrow again has been taken. The children made scrap books filled with pictures of things they love. This went down a treat as they chose what went into their books and it was theirs to keep.
3. Go on a bear hunt - FREE
The famous Micheal Rosen story We're Going On a Bear Hunt is a perfect story for creating an adventure. This story has fun catchy lines that both you and your little ones will have fun reciting as you hunt bears. This takes some preparation and depends on where your bear hunt takes place, but the beauty of this activity is that it can be done both indoors and outdoors. If you're fortunate enough to have a nice park space, you could even do a bear hunt there. Draw or print out paper bears and hide them around your home and garden if you have one. You can help your child to check off the bears that they find with a bear hunt record sheet like the one below. This is even better if you can use real teddy bears!
4. Make a number matching game - From £2
Who doesn't love a good alien story? Aliens in Underpants Save the World by Clare Freedman is a fantastic fun story about aliens who manage to save the world from a giant meteor using the underpants that they have pinched from Earthlings. This story is bound to generate some giggles from both you and your little one. Bookworm Babies UK has developed a cute number matching game inspired by the aliens and the underpants which can be purchased for download or mail order from our online store.
5. Get active! - From FREE
Hopefully the summer treats us well with some good weather and enables us to get outdoors. The Yoga Ogre by Peter Bently is a fun story about an ogre who tries to get fit when he notices his jim-jams were a bit tight. You can read this story with your child and have them choose one of the sports to try. Many of the sports can be done at home such as football or jogging. You could even create a mini golf course using household objects for both the clubs and obstacles. YouTube has a wide range of yoga videos that are for children, we like to do yoga before bed as it is relaxing. Have a look and see what takes your fancy.