Let’s Tell a Story!
Welcome to week one of EI’s DIY Storybook Summer Camp! This week’s fun-filled, at-home activities utilize beloved stories to sneak in some summertime learning. After all, from snuggling close at bedtime to huddling around a campfire, children love to listen to a well-told tale! Storybook Camp is a great way to engage kids in activities that foster imagination and creativity while developing important skills including confidence, listening skills, vocabulary, early math, science, and more.
Activity One: Blow Painting!Read the story aloud! Be sure to utilize some of the 7 storytelling tips at the end of this blog.
Activity Two: All Kinds of Houses! Download our template to make your own adorable Three Little Pigs puppets and props, including the pigs, their homes, the Big Bad Wolf, and more! Simply follow the directions on the templates and have your little artist color to create stick or finger puppets. You’re now ready to use your props to reenact the story! Encourage your child to take the lead in the retelling while the two of you follow along with your puppets.
Today, we’ll dig more deeply into the story of the Three Little Pigs through fun activities that cover math, language arts, AND science! Start by downloading our activity sheet, which includes:
Activity One: Three’s the Charm! Focus on the number 3—consider starting with familiar friends like the three little pigs, the three billy goats gruff, or Goldilocks and the three bears. Draw pictures of three of the same thing. Look for the number 3 and objects in groups of three at home and outdoors.
Activity Two: Huff, puff, and blow your own painting! Follow our instructions for a Three Little Pigs-style blow-painting party!
Activity Three: Could you build a house with bricks? How about peanut butter? Encourage language arts skills by brainstorming and discussing different types of potential construction materials—from serious to silly.
Not ready to call it a day? Even more fun ideas await on our Three Little Pigs Activity Sheet.
Activity One: Read the story aloud. Want to be a superstar storyteller? Look for tips at the end of this blog post!
Activity Two: Get ready to put on a show! Download our template for fun, printable masks featuring Goldilocks and each of the three bears. Have your little one color and decorate the masks to represent each character’s personality (and your child’s own sense of style). Then, put on the masks and act out the story together!
Who’s ready for more learning fun that is “just right”? Download our Goldilocks activity sheet to begin!
Activity One: A Question of Character or manners? Using Goldilocks’ behavior in the story as a discussion sparker, ask your child the character-based questions outlined in the activity sheet, and then discuss. Then, have your child pretend to write a letter to the Three Bears from Goldilocks explaining her behavior—what would she say?
Activity Two: Is your child Size Wise? Using the activity in the download as a starting point, have your little one sort, compare, and contrast differently sized objects that you collect around the house.
Activity Three: Bear Necessities! Read a simple non-fiction book about bears. Have your child compare and contrast real bears with the bears in the Goldilocks story.
Activity Four: Texture time! Too soft?Too hard? Have your little one explore the textures around your house, looking for things that are soft, hard, rough, smooth, etc.
Activity Five: Keep it sweet. Follow our recipe to make your own delicious Bear Claw Treats—perfect to enjoy after a fun-filled day of activities!
Bridges, and trolls, and goats…oh my! Our last tale for this week is the Three Billy Goats Gruff. And yes, we have even MORE story-based learning activities for you and your little one to enjoy.
Activity One: Read the story aloud.
Activity Two: Rearrange the story and tell your own version using our adorable downloadable and colorable story stick template!
Activity Three: Use math vocabulary and science skills to build your own bridges, just like the one in the story, in our Building Bridges activity! Download the activity sheet here.
Activity Four: Yearning for some sweet green grass of your own? Help your little one learn about plant growth by growing grass from seed, following the instructions in our Growing Grass activity!
Activity Five: Fact or fiction time! Do some online research or hit the library for some factual information about goats in our Getting to Know Goats activity.
Activity Six: “G” is for goat…and “great.” Encourage your child to draw pictures of things that begin with the letter “g.”
And yes, there’s more! Check out our activity sheet for even more fun to take you into the weekend.
PLUS, don’t forget to join us for week two of our DIY Summer Camp, beginning June 22nd! For part two of our Storybook Camp series, your little ones will start putting their OWN storytelling hats on!
We’ll leave you with our sevensage storytelling tips: