At “Growing Readers” storytime, I lead a group storytime filled with literacy activities for the first half hour of the program. Afterwards, the kids go to activity tables staffed by teen volunteers to play and do more activities. Each storytime has five different activity tables. I spend my time floating around and talking to parents/caregivers about early literacy. Through the table activities (and my guidance), I hope that parents learn tips on how to work with their young readers and how literacy is so much more than just reading. The kids just see the activities as fun!
Table Activity: Mystery Box
Every Child Ready to Read Skill: Playing
This is a fun game where kids stick their hand in the box, identify the object, and match it to an alphabet game board. This was purchased at Lakeshore Learning.
This table was the best co-operative play that I’ve seen in the storytime these first two weeks. Littler kids pulled out the objects and their older siblings helped them match it to the letter it belonged to. I love these object games since it’s such a great tactile experience for the kids. There’s plush items, plastic items, etc. It’s great!