This month’s Grab & Go Craft Kit lets your child’s imagination sail away! Make an interactive toy while supplies last (available in our outdoor Creation Station and inside the Library in the Youth Services Department). Directions to create a tall ship are included in the kit. Enjoy these extension activities to go along with the craft!
The five early literacy practices that help children get ready to read are: playing, singing, talking, reading, and writing. This month’s interactive craft can help you do all five practices together!
- Coloring the ship and holding onto the dowel to make the ship sail up and down the waves strengthen the muscles in little hands….those muscles will one day hold pens and write words! So both coloring and playing with the ship are actually pre-writing activities.
- Sing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” together as your child plays with the toy. Singing helps children pay attention to individual syllables, which will make it easier for them to sound out words when they’re ready to read.
- Talk together about where you’d like to sail. If you sailed on the ocean, what animals might you see? Where could you go? If you sailed on Lake Michigan, what different animals would you see? If you sailed in your imagination, where would you want to go? You can also write down the story your child tells you!
- Read one of these books together.