Reading: Story and Book Activities
Make Your Own Rebus Story (Reading and Writing)
Choose a familiar story, or make up your own
Write it out, using pictures for some of the words (for example, if you choose "The Three Bears," use pictures of bears, chairs, bowls and beds to fill in those words in the story)
Staple the pages together to make an easy book for your child to read!
(From The Storytime Craft Book by Kathy Ross)
Making an Animal Matching Book (Reading)
- Multicolored cardstock cut into strips (4" x 8")
- Multicolored cardstock (8" x 8")
- Pictures of animals (4 animals per book, 2 pictures of each animal)
Choose one piece of 8" x 8" cardstock and 4 pieces of 4" x 8" cardstock
Fold the piece of 8" x 8" paper in half and staple it along the short left-hand side to the other 4 pages to make a book
Next, staple along the opposite short side of the 8" x 8" paper to make a pouch. This pouch is the front cover of the booklet
Color and cut out one set of animals, then glue one animal onto each page of the book
Color the other animals, then cut them out and glue them onto a separate sheet of cardstock
Cut out each of these animals so that each one makes a small matching card
Attach one half of a Velcro button to the back of each matching card
Attach the other half of the Velcro button onto the page of the book with the corresponding animal
Now you can match each animal card to the animal glued on to each page of the book and use the pouch in the front cover to store the matching cards
Making a Finger Book (Reading)
- Cardstock in 8" x 8" squares
- Pictures of animals from clip art or other sources (books, Google, etc. — they should be no smaller than 5" x 5" so that you can make holes big enough for the child's fingers)
Glue the picture of the animal onto the piece of cardstock
Use scissors (or an exact-o knife) to cut a hole so that the child can stick their fingers through the book to complete the animal picture (i.e., their finger becomes a dog's tail, a penguin's legs, a monkey's arms, or whatever else you can come up with)
Make as many pages as you like and attach pages by punching holes in the sides of the cardstock and using yarn, string or rubber bands
Cereal / Food Box Books (Reading)
- Food and cereal box fronts
(i.e, the front of a macaroni & cheese box; fronts of small boxes of cereal work really well for this)
Cut the front off of cereal, macaroni and cheese, frozen food, cookie or any other food boxes you use in your house
Find about 5 to 8 box fronts that are approximately the same size and punch a hole in the top left-hand corner of each box front
Then just thread the rubber band through the holes to attach the box fronts to each other and you have a flip book ready to read!
My Word Book (Reading and Writing)
- 8½" x 11" sheets of cardstock folded into mini-books
- Clip art or magazines with pictures of all sorts of things cut out
Let your child choose 6 pictures that they really like and glue one to each page in the mini-book
Label each picture and then talk to your child about the pictures, adding description and new vocabulary whenever you can
Name Books (Reading)
- 8½" x 11" sheets of cardstock cut into quarters
- Pictures of objects that begin with all letters of the alphabet
Select sheets of cardstock so that you have one per letter in your name plus a cover sheet (i.e. for "Trish," I would need 6 sheets)
Staple the sheets together to make a book
Select one picture for each letter in your name (i.e. for "Trish," I might pick out a table, a radio, an igloo, a seal and a hat)
Glue one picture per page and write the name of each picture under it, emphasizing the first letter of each picture
Alternate Directions for Younger Children:
Simply find pictures that all begin with the first letter of the child's name (i.e. for "Trish," I would choose a train, a table, a telephone, and other things that begin with "T")
My Letter Book (Reading)
- 8½" x 11" cardstock cut into halves
- Pictures of various objects that begin with different letters (from clip art, magazines, etc.)
Write your child's name on the front of the book
Find or draw pictures that begin with the first letter of your child's name
Paste the pictures into their "Letter Book"
Write the name of each object under each picture
Read the book together, emphasizing the first letter sounds of each word
Adaptation for Older Children:
Create a page for each of the other letters in their name, or create an entire alphabet book, one letter per page.
Adaptation for Younger Children:
Make a book of shapes and colors — recognizing differences in shapes and colors helps prepare their vision for letter recognition.
Letter Trees (Reading)
- Magazines / newspapers / pre-printed letters of the alphabet
Draw a tree with branches on the construction paper
Have kids find the letters of their name or just the first letter of their name in magazines, etc.
Cut out the letters and glue them onto their tree
Look at and talk about the way the same letter looks different — capitals and lowercase, different typeface and font, etc.
(From The Big Book of Pre-K Learning Centers by Diane C. Ohanesian)
Making a Name Necklace for Your Child (Reading)
Punch holes in the letters of your child's name and string the yarn through so that your child's name can be read when they wear the necklace!