Parent Guide Activities - TRAVEL & TRANSPORT

Parent Guide Activities - TRAVEL & TRANSPORT

This month's theme is TRAVEL & TRANSPORT - where we can celebrate culture, language, adventure, and all the things that go!

Starting with the Bitty Box, we had three sturdy board books - Pop-Up Things that Go, How Do You Say Good Night? and How to Catch a Star.

Language Concepts & Book Interaction:

  • Make paper airplanes and have a contest to see whose can go further. Check out easy instructions HERE to make the perfect airplane!
  • Play 'Red Light, Green Light' with your child. Explain that red means stop and green means go. When you say 'Green light!' they need to move around and be as silly as they can be, and when you say 'Red light!' they need to freeze!
  • Little ones love imitating and pretending! As you read Pop-Up Things That Go, look at the different features of each vehicle - can you stretch your arms wide like airplane wings, vrrrroooom like a race car, or chug chug chug like a train?

Language Concepts & Book Interaction:

  • Each page also shows how to say good night in a different language. How many other ways can you think to say good night? If you have any family or friends that speak a different language, how do they say good night?
  • Some cultures believe that dream catchers help keep bad dreams away! Make your own dream catcher out of a paper plate and some yarn using the instructions HERE. It's also a great threading activity to develop fine motor skills in toddlers!

Language Concepts & Book Interaction:

  • To help develop reading comprehension in toddlers, ask lots of questions throughout the book- e.g., How do you think the boy will get to space? If you could catch your very own star and be its friend, what would you do together?
  • Make your own rocket ship out of an empty toilet roll! See easy step-by-step instructions HERE.

Next up is our Biggie Box. In this month's box we had two gorgeous hardcover books: Metropolis and All of the Factors Why I Love Tractors. 

Language Concepts:

Metropolis introduces readers to the wonderful world of non-fiction. Explain the difference between fiction and non-fiction, i.e., that fiction books are like stories, and sometimes have imaginary characters while non-fiction books are full of useful information about the world around us. It may help to explain that there are lots of things we read that are non-fiction e.g,. newspapers, instruction manuals (like the one on the plane), and even street signs!

Discussion Topics:

  • Before reading - what do you think this book might be about? Use the cover illustrations and title as clues. Do you recognise any of the buildings on the front? Have you seen them before?
  • After reading - which of the places in the book would you like to visit one day? Or have you already been to any of them?
  • Encourage little ones to think about the difference between fiction and non-fiction, and see if they can find any other fiction and non-fiction reading materials in the house. You may want to make two piles - one for each category!

Hands-On Activities:

  • Choose a city in the book and have a themed dinner night! You may like to learn more about the culture, cook a traditional meal, and even dress up in a customary outfit from the area.
  • Look at some of the different cities on a map and figure out how long it would take you to get from your home to that city. How long would it take by plane? By boat? How about if you were walking?!

Language Concepts:

All of the Factors Why I Love Tractors will introduce your child to rhyming lines and lots of new vocabulary! For new readers, read a line to your child and ask them to repeat it. Explain what rhyming is and see if they can think of other words that rhymes (e.g., what rhymes with cat?). For more comfortable readers, ask them to choose a word they don't recognise and try to figure out what it means using context clues and the pictures.

Discussion Topics:

  • Before reading - what do you think this book might be about? Encourage readers to use the title and cover illustrations as clues.
  • While reading - why do you think Frankie likes tractors so much?
  • After reading - Frankie loves reading books about tractors - is there a book you like to read all the time?

Hands-On Activities:

  • Help your little one create their own tractor artwork using their foot prints! Instructions available HERE.
  • Create a tractor small world using items collected from the garden. Try making a mud pit or dirt pile and use a toy tractor or car to drive through.
  • T is for tractor! Can you find other things around the house that start with the letter T?

Our Family Box included one book from our Bitty Box and one from our Biggie Box. This month's books were Metropolis and Pop-Up Things That Go.

xx Karly
Owner, Bookieboo 

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