Let’s explore the second half of our Puppy Play box. If you missed the first Unboxing blog post, you can check it out here. Our newest Puppy Play box uses dog themed picture books and activities, which have stood the test of time, to enrich your child’s speaking, listening and early litearcy skills. Keeping reading to find out more about each activity we have in the box (spoiler alert!)
Every book box comes with 6 themed activities: RichREADING, BoxPLAY, SoundPLAY, PrintPLAY, WordPLAY and StoryPLAY. Click on each of these if you would like to read more about why we have picked these areas of language and literacy to include in our fun boxes.
We will talk about three of the activities in this blog post.
Stories often contain a problem and ‘attempts’ carried out by the characters to try to solve the problem. This builds the suspense for the reader! When children have a strong understanding of story structure, they are much better able to comprehend a story and produce narratives themselves; vital skills in both school and in life. Help your child to become a responsible pet owner by solving their dog’s problems!
You’ll be given all the bits you need to make your very own dog pet and you’ll just need a few real life objects (e.g. bowl for food, ball for a toy) to help carry out your duties as a responsible pet owner. Act out and discuss each of your pet’s problems – if he is hungry (problem), what will you do (solution)? If your dog is bored (problem), how could you entertain him (solution)?
This game is an adaptation of the much-loved game, ‘musical chairs’ and incorporates pretend play, semantic absurdities, listening skills and rhyme. Rhyme can be a wonderful way to help your child’s awareness of sounds in words, preparing them for reading and spelling. The ability to complete a sentence with a rhyming couplet is known as auditory closure & so much fun, kids won’t even know they are learning! “If you are a bear, then sit on the….(stairs!)”
Verbs are a very important part of speech because without them a sentence cannot exist. We’ve selected a handful of dog-related, tier 2 verbs to be learnt through an imaginative, gross motor activity. Tier 2 words are more sophisticated & precise words which can replace familiar words. They are the most useful for building strong comprehension skills for reading. We’ve given you the list in order from easiest to hardest, starting with simple one word instructions (e.g., “Bark”) to more difficult ones with multiple steps and concepts to understand (e.g., Don’t step on the spoon unless I sit down.” Being able to follow multi-step instructions is a crucial skill for success in the classroom.
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