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Sticker Tales

Sticker Tales

Sticker TalesKids LOVE stickers– so they’re a perfect prop for building those writing skills:

How to write a story :: sticker tales! – NurtureStore

You provide the raw materials in the form of interesting stickers, interesting writing instruments like colored pencils and pre-made little books. The kids bring their imaginations as piqued by the stickers and off they go.

Set it all up as a little activity tray as you see here and they might even just do it without any instruction from you. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

Speech Bubbles

Speech Bubbles for Learning

Speech Bubbles
Photo: nurturestore.co.uk

Create interest in and make writing easy using speech bubbles and fun family (or other) photos. Even right in MSWord, paste your photo and then using Shapes=> Callouts add in the blank speech bubbles. Print and they’re ready to use.

Open ended pictures provide great inspiration for short and sweet, and funny, captions. Speech bubbles aren’t intimidating, because you can’t write a book or even a paragraph. Yet the captions require thought, upper and lower case, maybe punctuation, and letter writing practice. So much in such a small space!

Speech Bubbles for Learning

Make a Book

BookLooking at maybe 2 feet of snow here in the Northeast today, so it seems the perfect day to share this literacy building kids activities idea for housebound kids. Thanks to wilton.patch.com for this good idea.

Help them to make a book. Do it on the computer or by hand on nice paper, whatever’s easier for you.

Start with a ‘story starter‘ from Scholastic.com, or make up your own prompt.  For example, “The stray dog grabbed the bone and ran out the garden gate toward the river.” Just pick a topic that you know/think will interest your child.

Even preschool kids can do this if you be the scribe. Whether scribing or just peeking over the shoulder, toss out questions or ideas as the story develops to keep the juices flowing and the activity moving forward.

Leave enough room on each page for your child’s drawing to illustrate the story.  Or, use cut outs from magazines for your illustrations if your child isn’t into the drawing.  Or, each of you illustrate different pages. Whatever works.

Make a secondary project out of the cover for the completed book. Wrap the cardboard covers with cloth or wrapping paper (glued to the cardboard) and create a paper label for the title and author. Or, use plain white paper for the cover with a special drawing, in addition to the title and author. Again, whatever works.

Snow days can be long and tedious, so make it constructive and fun with literacy building activities for the kids like making a book.

Animals Fantastic

SwitchZooThis is a fun and educational computer game that makes a great gift for anyone that loves animals. Calling all ‘Animal Planet’ junkies!! My youngest would have absolutely loved this game.

Parenting magazine named Switch Zoo Deluxe one of the best computer games in 2005. It teaches animal facts while inspiring imagination and creativity as the kids combine different body parts from 140 lifelike onscreen creatures. Hilarity often results, but so does education. The players are encouraged to create biographies for their creations, name them and even write stories about the creatures they make. Given the kids interest in both animals and something they’ve created, it truly encourages writing and has been used by teachers for that reason.

The game includes a factual profile of all the animals included for mixing and matching, so the kids are learning about real animals while they create their own species. The game is imagination building fun for the young ones who aren’t yet readers as well as for the older ones who can absorb the facts.

Be sure to scroll down on Amazon’s page and read the three parent reviews of this game. You’ll be convinced.

Games can be great teachers and skill builders, and this one does both.