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: I Spy Bags
Every Child Ready to Read Skill: Playing
Again, I purchased these Search and Find Alphabet Bags from Lakeshore Learning.
It should come as no surprise that every time these I Spy Bags make an appearance, there are at least a few kids who plant themselves at that table and refuse to move until they have spied every item in every bag.