Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?
Brown Bear is one of my all time favourite stories to read with the parents and children I work with.  There are so many discussions that can come from this one story including animals - where they live and what they eat, colours, songs, art and craft ideas, going on a bear hunt in the great outdoors and many more!
Here are some of my favourite ideas linked to this book to share with you.....
  1.  This Bear mask can be printed off from The children love wearing the mask to be Brown Bear and seeing the characters as we follow the story.
     2.  These fabulous high coloured, brilliant characters from the story make brilliant matching puzzle pieces.  You can find these and lots more at
     3.   These fabulous matching cards can be found at plus lots more.
4.   These fab pictures can be used for the following colour match game - Make up a home made dice (medium sized) with a picture of one of the animals on each side.  Print off and laminate if possible (to last longer) larger pictures of the animals.  This can be used as a colour / animal matching game.  To add interest depending on the stage / age of the child you can add a silhouette sheet to match the correct animal to the correct black silhouette shape.  The possibilities to make games with this story are endless!  This printable was taken from
5. Make some home made binoculars to go on a bear hunt.  These binoculars  were made up by
This is a brilliant blog with lots of creative ideas for children - pop over and take a look.  You wont be disappointed!!!!
These are only  few ideas I use, there are many others to be used with this great book!!!
Have fun - Sarah : )

The importance of books and stories

Books can help children to learn new words and learn about the world they live in.  There are so many different kinds of books that can be shared......pop up, lift the flap, rhyme books, board books, black and white books, cloth books and many more. 

A good way to change the kinds of books you share with your child is to use the library.  It's free to join and there are lots of different things that go on there these days......rhyme time sessions, craft sessions, reading challenges made fun and plenty more!

Things to try at home together.....
  • Turn off the television and any music in the background so that you can have a few minutes quite time together to enjoy the book
  • Take your time, allowing your child to let you know when they are ready to turn the page
  • Enjoy the pictures together and talk about the story and characters when you have finished the story
  • Make time to listen to your child talk about the book
  • Go to the library to choose more books and find out what else is going on there
  • Books don't just have to be shared at bedtime, make time for books in the day as well
  • Take books with you if you are going to the doctors or dentist etc, make the most of those few moments waiting

Tuesday, 14 May 2013