Are you one of those who get a bang out of every buck spent on a book? If yes, then here are 12 ways to extend the benefits of books to some ‘after reading' activities:
After the story is over, ask your child to retell the story to you. Not only will you understand their grasping capacity, but your child may surprise you with a couple of twists and turns of their own.
2. Illustrations Appreciation
Roald Dahl books wouldn't be the same without the artwork of Quentin Blake. After the reading is done, spend some time on the cover art and the sketches inside. If your kid lingers or skips a particular page, always ask them why?
3. Exercise by Sequencing
Take your child's favourite story and jumble up the sequence of events. Instead of ‘Once Upon a Time there lived a little rabbit', start off with ‘Happily Ever After'. Watch your child explode into giggles and correct your mistakes. This fun game is a great way to teach your child the concept of sequence of events. In the end, let them make a timeline of all the important events in the story.
4. Vocabulary Builder
Make a list of new words that your child heard for the first time. Look up the meaning together in the dictionary. Try and build other sentences using the same word.
5. Action and Consequence
In one of Peter Rabbit's stories he is punished by his mum and has to go to without supper as he disobeyed her and went off to the garden to eat radishes. I always use this example to explain to my son when I punish him. ‘Just like Peter Rabbit who once ran off to the garden…' I say to help him recall. It helps my son understand that his actions will have a reaction, and can sometimes lead to a punishment.
6. Conversation Starters
After the story is over, discuss the plot with your child. Ask them why they liked so and so, and whether they agree with the ending. Would they like to be friends with any of the characters and why? Not only will you get a sense of your child's comprehension, their likes and dislikes, but in the course of it you will develop their conversation skills too.
7. Flight to Imagination
Pick a favourite book and recreate the story using paints and different materials. Cutting, sticking and painting not only develops gross and fine motor skills, it also develops the imagination of the child. You can go one step further and not only make a painting, but a full-fledged handmade book. It would make a lovely gift for granny and grandpa.
8. Make Storytelling a Group Activity
Book reading is generally a ‘me-time' activity for adults. But for children, storytelling sessions are all part of the joys of learning to read and growing up. Take your child to a story telling professional or organize one yourself with the neighbourhood kids.
9. Write to the Author
Have the child write what he liked or disliked in the book. Take your child's feedback seriously and mail it to the author or publisher.
10. Meet the Author
Several authors conduct book reading sessions. If you find that Ruskin Bond is in the city - both of you can rush off to get your favourite book signed.
11. Watch the Movie Version
Several famous children's movies are based on books. Get hold of the movie. Watch it and have your kid compare the two.
12. Theatre Time
Have your kids enact the story with props. For instance, if your kids want to enact The Three Little Pigs, have them ‘build' houses of straw, stone etc., using some chairs and bedsheets. Everyone in the family could play one of the characters. Stuffed toys and dolls could become additional characters in the story or you could also help your kids put up a small puppet show.All these activities will not only make your child a good reader and observer, but also help them in future.
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