J loves books but with a short attention span and a need for routine he doesn’t always finish a book or he gets stuck in a loop where we have to read over and over and over. So this Autumn I am planning to do more with our books.
By more I mean we are going to get off the sofa and take the books indoors, outdoors, under the blanket, in the dark etc. You can buy lots of story props and story sacks but this aren’t the cheapest…so make your own props!
Here are some ideas of what we have done and what we are going to do this season:
Get out into the woods and try to find The Gruffalo. If you live near some woodlands such as Thetford High Lodge, they have their own Grufflo trails. Otherwise you can find any local woods and look for signs that the Gruffalo might have been there.
The Usborne books are amazing. They are tactile, repetitive and short. Perfect for J! The daylight will soon shorten and nights will start earlier. We will take advantage of this and try going for ‘night adventures’…reading by torch in a tent in the garden or turning the lights off and making a sofa cushion den.
Kippers Bear is a sweet little story with a surprise ending. This is another story that’s great for the early evenings. Maybe you can hide a favourite snuggly toy in the same place that Kippers bear was hiding and go on your own hunt for the toy.
Autumn is harvest time. Many farms will be open for fun activities such as pumpkin picking, corn mazes and tractor rides. If you wrap up warm and take a thermos of hot drink then you can still go on farm adventures in the colder months. Take the books with you and enjoy outdoor story telling. Or if you don’t fancy going out and about then make a farm using your play animals and tractor toys at home. You can find great ideas of Pinterest such as weetabix for haybales!
What books do you have in your collection for this Autumn? Are there any books you have to read on repeat? I’d love to know your views 📚
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