To say my Paige LOVES reading is an understatement; she is absolutely mad for it, so as a mum I keep trying to find new ways to keep her passion growing. One of the ways, which she seems to enjoy the most, is creating a ‘Story Picture’ of the book. Now, this could possibly be because it incorporates art which happens to be her second favourite thing to do! So if you have a fan of art and reading at home, this activity is for you! Or maybe even a fan of art who isn’t too keen on reading!
The great thing I love about them is even at the age of 2, they really show the child’s reading comprehension skills and help to develop them too! They also develop their speaking and listening skills, creativity skills and their fine motor skills if your picture includes sticking things down or stamping- so as a learning activity they’re golden!
Now, we have a portfolio of Story Pictures and we create a new one every week. What’s even better is once we have created them we use them when reading the book again!
Who doesn’t love an activity which creates an already loved learning resource?!
So, what do I mean by a ‘Story Picture’?
We create our visual representation of the book plot and include key characters, places and objects.
Here are a couple we have made (and ones we love!).
What you need totally depends on how you want to create it, because as you can see you can use almost anything from your craft box – you could even use natural resources like leaves for an Owl Babies inspired one.
How can you use them after they are created?
- You can ask your tiny to explain the story using the picture.
- You can play book inspired ‘Can you find…?’ as you read- this tends to be how Paige enjoys uses them the most.
- You could place it in a plastic wallet and ask your tiny to put a sticker on everything beginning with a certain letter (if they are older and at this stage).
- You could do a similar thing with words and have them label the picture, or if they aren’t confident readers you could just read the word to them.
- When you have made a few you could place them on the floor and play ‘pairs’ matching the book to the Story Picture.