Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A wormy love story (a fun book play for kids)

One of Nathan’s favourite activities is playing a book we are currently reading.

This is one of our current favourites which I had picked up from our local library a couple of weeks ago…

Jonathan and Marthaby Petre Horáček

It’s quite a cute story --about two worms named Jonathan and Martha who inadvertently met one day through their love of eating, learnt to share their stuff (i.e. food), and eventually fell in love.

A love story between two worms

We loved the story so much that one day I decided to vary our story time session that day by preparing a few simple props to play the story together.

Preparing a few simple props to play the story

I used a couple of craft pipe-cleaners to play Jonathan and Martha and a few pieces of fruit (a mixed of real ones and some pretend ones).

We used craft pipe-cleaners to play the worms

Nathan had so much fun puppeteering the two pipe-cleaner worms as I narrated the story, making them munch through the different types of fruit and food.

Nathan had so much fun puppeteering the two worms

Playing a story is a terrific way to stir little imaginations to help them the discover magic of books and show them how a story can come alive. There are no limits to the different types of books to use and ways to do this activity together with your little ones.


What are some of your current or all-time favourite reads in your household?

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  1. I don't know this story, but it looks a whole lot like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which is a huge hit here. We have a giant board book version with a plush caterpillar that fits through the holes. Lots of fun for little fingers.

  2. This totally reminded me of the very hungry caterpillar too! We are only up to touch and feel books so far, but they're lots of fun :)

  3. Lovely way to use a simple story and increase interaction with the narrative.

  4. Great way to learn Serene. A recent favorite in our household has been stanley the manly ferry - a library book we borrowed! The Little Man loves it

  5. Beautiful idea Serene, we did this with Dear Zoo and gave our son a puppy.

    1. That sounds so cool Trish. We bought Dear Zoo at Werribee Zoo for our girls, they love it.

    2. That is going all the way with bringing a book to life! I'm sure they will always treasure the memory of the story for life :)

  6. Such a clever idea Serene! Did I tell you I have made a little reading corner thanks to your inspiration the other day, took books out of the tidy shelves and let them play with them!

    1. I'm so glad that you found the idea for the reading corner helpful. Hope it helps the reading bug catch on in your home!

  7. My youngest LOVES books, she will sit on my lap and just keep bringing book after book. We have a book called 'Walter the farting dog' it is alwasy a winner with the girls.

  8. What a fantastic idea. It's a great way to get them active and kick start their imagination.

  9. Bringing a book to life. That's cute :-)


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