Enhance your child's learning through story telling
What to do?
Choose a story to read to your child, preferably one that they know well. After reading the story, have your child recall the scenes in the book from the beginning. This is a great chance to have a discussion with your child and discover which parts of the language they are picking up and understanding from the book. Then have them draw the scenes in a tray of sand using their fingers. If you don’t have sand at home, maybe use some salt, flour or sugar. This is a great mark making activity and a good way to exercise your child’s memory. It’s also a good way for them to use their imagination as they recreate the scenes in the sand.
- Language: Language surrounding the story
- Cognitive: Recall and ordering of events
- Fine motor: Making marks in sand using fingers
- Creativity: Building on creativity and artistic skills
Choose some words that are important to the story and that extend your child’s vocabulary.
Discuss with your child
Asking your child questions encourages them to think and engage in deeper learning. For instance, you could ask them:
- What happened in the story?
- How can we draw this in the sand?
Each child is unique and develops at their own pace. The guidelines below are an indication of how you and your child might collaborate in this activity:
- 15 - 20 months: Your child will just be exploring making marks
- 24 - 36 months: Your child will begin to create marks with meaning. Ask your child to explain their drawings if you don’t understand the meaning.
- 36+ months: Your child’s marks will be increasingly more meaningful