Theme Day:

Stories Day

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WHAT IS A STORY?

  • Start your day with a favourite book - what do they love about it? Let's make our own stories! 
  • Story Path: tape a long piece of paper to the floor and draw a windy "path". Using crayons, stickers, markers etc have the kids draw on & around it from their imaginations. As they go along the path, you can add speech bubbles, characters, street signs - little bits here and there that ‘build’ a story along the path. As you go, talk about beginnings, middles & ends and how plots 'work'. 
  • Story Dice: print out a template for a story dice or cube here, and ask your kids what they'd like to put on it: a mermaid, hamburger, doctor, fire engine, octopus? Once you've made your dice, get your kids to conjure up their own bonkers story! You can include your story path here: roll the dice, add to the path... 
  • Whistle while you work: Peter and the Wolf is a brilliant piece of music for childrens' easy listening that tells its' own story - put it on in the background today as you play and create!  
  • Sensory bin activity: The Tiger Who Came To Tea. Based on the classic book by Judith Kerr, pop a plush, soft tiger, plastic tea cups, felt or material 'cakes', plastic fruit & vegetables in your sensory box for touch and play activity.

Session 1

Kids Play

Indoor Active

  • Based on Where The Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak, create a hop-dance-stomp-gnash-gallop-run on the spot workout routine for your kids that they HAVE to do whenever you shout ‘WILD RUMPUS!’ 
  • Cosmic kids yoga: Room on The Broom yoga! Book by Julia Donaldson, yoga with Cosmic Kids yoga, YouTube
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Session 2

STORY FACTORY

  • Stories come to us in all kinds of ways - our imaginations, other people, music, movies... and books! How are books made? 
  • Take a minute to watch a fun instructional clip from The Bespectacled Librarian, on YouTube, on how the books we read are made. 
  • Click here for a sensory Make Your Own Paper activity using kitchenware - no need for a screen or deckle. 
  • While your paper dries, read: Harold and The Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson, and then do this simple, sweet purple yarn activity. 
  • Read: The Day The Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt, followed by a crayon craft! Got a box of stubby old broken crayons you don’t know what to do with? Get your kids to sort them, remove paper coverings (tip: soak in water!) then divide them into a heart (or any) silicone muffin baking tray. Melt in the oven for 15 mins at 110c (230f), pop out once completely cooled.
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Screen Time

  • StorylineOnline.net: stories and books read out loud by celebrities e.g. Oprah! Lots to love about this. You've read a lot to your kids today - let someone else take over while you grab a drink....   
  • Check out various city libraries online - many have online story hours you can join via platforms such as zoom! 
  • Movies for 4-5: Charlotte's Web, The Lorax, The Cat In The Hat
  • For 6+: Roald Dahl's books that have been turned into movies are among some of the best ever made e.g. Fantastic Mr. Fox, The BFG, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
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Books

Anything goes today! Break out your usuals, your long-losts, or use this theme as an opportunity to read your children one of your favourite stories from your childhood, or maybe a grandparent or partner’s favourite story.

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Food Ideas

  • Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs... and rice
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
  • Charlie & the Chocolate Factory: kids want to try Willy Wonka’s lickable pineapple wallpaper, or slurp from a chocolate river? Melt some chocolate and try fondu- style fruit dipping!
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