Grown-ups are busy, and when you are running a childcare business or managing a classroom full of little ones, you’re busier than most. So, if you haven’t had time to plan a book fair or decorate your classroom doors and bulletin boards to look like Dr. Seuss books, fear not – we’ve got you covered. With these four fun, simple activities, you’ll be sure to make Children’s Book Week memorable and grow a child’s love for books and reading.
Check out how you can plan a great week of activities on a shoestring budget:
Host a Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Nap or rest time can be something to look forward to this week with a stuffed animal sleepover. Have each child bring their favorite plush friend from home for a special rest time activity, and instead of relying on an old episode of Barney & Friends to bring on the naptime vibes, try a quiet reading of The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh or The BFG.
Don’t forget to have a few extra stuffed buddies on hand and ready for hugging little ones who may have forgotten to bring a fuzzy friend!
Read the Book, Watch the Movie
What do you like better, reading the book first or watching the movie? Even as adults, it’s fun to compare and talk with friends about which one was better and look at the differences between each version.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs has just enough silliness, illustration, and animation to capture the attention of the very young, and enough of a story line to capture the imagination of “big” kids. Read it at story time or as children are settling in for rest time, then treat them to the movie version later in the week. It will be fun to see what differences they pick up, and what they liked best.
You can also piggyback off of this with fun food-themed activities like the one listed below.
Make Bookmarks of Classroom Favorites
With a little cardstock and some crayons (or and a little glue and glitter if you’re feeling fancy), you can incorporate an art project by having little ones make something they can take home and use right away when reading with mom and dad.
What a great opportunity to tie-in other reading activities, like your Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs movie premiere, by having children draw the foods they would like to see falling from the sky, or even just practice writing their names.
All About the Benjamins
2019 brings the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week! 100 is a fantastic number, so you can incorporate lots of the same fun ideas that you use to mark the 100th day of school during this week as well.
Write a story together with 100 sentences about what the world will be like in 100 years, and watch imagination take over your classroom. 100 sentences can seem like a lot, so try 20 sentences each day to build anticipation for the big finale on Friday when you read the whole story from beginning to end.
You can also incorporate the use of sight or vocabulary words, words that begin with a specific letter or have a vowel sound you’ve been teaching. Keep a tally to count the sentences together and add a little math fun as well.
With a little imagination a bare minimum budget, you can create a Children’s Book Week befitting a grand 100th anniversary celebration your little learners will remember for years to come.