This month’s theme is The Ocean! The weather is heating up and these books will help your little ones get ready for summertime fun… dive in! 

Starting with the Bitty Box, we had three sturdy board books – Colour Me: Who’s in the Ocean, Little World: Under the Sea, and Alphaprints: Sea Life.

Language Concepts & Book Interaction:

  • Develop fine motor skills by using a paint brush to ‘paint’ the book’s pages with water. Watch as each of the colours magically appear!
  • Create a silly octopus friend using a toilet roll and some imagination! Step by step instructions available here.

Language Concepts & Book Interaction:

  • This book is full of interaction! First, read the words on each page and then look for the arrows to reveal hidden pull out tabs! Each spread is full of detail to go back to again and again. 
  • Which underwater animal is your favourite? Why?
  • Explore which creatures are under the sea with a fun sensory activity! Using blue-coloured rice or sand, bury some sea treasures and encourage your little one to explore and find all the hidden items.

Language Concepts & Book Interaction:

  • Can you find all the household items in each picture? What are the crab’s claws made from? What about the jellyfish’s head, or the seahorse’s nose?
  • Little ones love imitating! Try walking like a crab or snapping like a lobster and see if they can try it too!
  • Go on a nature walk to collect items for a collage. See if you can use items like leaves, flowers, grass and seeds to create your own underwater animal or scene.

Next up is our Biggie Box. In this month’s box we had two gorgeous hardcover books: Don’t Worry, Little Crab, and 1001 Things to Spot in the Sea.

Language Concepts:

With so much dialogue, Don’t Worry, Little Crab is the perfect book to test out some character voices! Ask your child what kind of voice they think Little Crab would have, and how it might sound different to Very Big Crab’s voice. For older readers, point out the quotation marks in the story and explain that this means a character is talking. Practice the different character voices each time Little Crab or Very Big Crab is talking.

This book also has some great action sounds e.g., tic-a-tac, splish splash, squelch, and WOOSH! Make sure to over-emphasise these sound effects when reading to add movement and excitement to the story.

Discussion Topics:

  • Before reading the story – what do you think the story it might be about? Encourage readers to use the title and cover illustrations as clues. 
  • While reading – do you think Little Crab will go into the ocean? What do you think he is afraid of?
  • After reading – have you ever been scared to do something like Little Crab? What did you do to feel brave?

Hands-On Activities:

  • Create your own little crab artwork using your hand prints! Easy step by step instructions available here.
  • Draw a picture of what you feel like when you’re brave. What colours do you think of when you think about feeling brave? Does being brave make you feel strong or powerful?

Language Concepts:

1001 Things to Spot in the Sea introduces readers to the wonderful world of non-fiction. Explain the difference between fiction and non-fiction, i.e., that fiction books are like stories, and sometimes have imaginary characters while non-fiction books are full of useful information about the world around us. It may help to explain that there are lots of things we read that are non-fiction e.g,. newspapers, instruction manuals (like the one on the plane), and even street signs!

Encourage little ones to think about the difference between fiction and non-fiction, and see if they can find any other non-fiction reading materials in the house.

Discussion Topics:

  • Before reading – what do you think this book might be about? Encourage readers to use the title and cover illustrations as clues. 
  • While reading – which is your favourite page so far? Have you learnt any new facts?
  • After reading – where do you think would be a good time to read this book? Maybe in the car or on a trip to pass the time?

Hands-On Activities:

  • Use the recipe here to make “moon sand” – just like the sand you might find on the ocean floor!. This flour-based “sand” is super soft and easy to clean – perfect for indoor play and sensory bins!
  • Choose one of the pages in the book as inspiration for a story. Think about the setting of the story, the characters, and what kind of adventures they might have. You might want to write down your story or draw a picture and tell your story aloud.

Our Family Box included 1 book from our Bitty Box and 1 from our Biggie Box. This month’s books were Don’t Worry, Little Crab and Alphaprints: Sea Life.

That’s it for October! Orders are now open for our November boxes – theme released very soon!!

xx Karly
Owner, Bookieboo

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