Last week saw World Book Day, the day Imogen had waited
impatiently for ages, it’s a REALLY big deal at her school with a full week of reading based activities, balloon releases and of course the all important fancy dress. Imogen chose her favourite book character early on, Mary Poppins, and her outfit was purchased, customised to make it more accurate and an impressive paper mache parrot umbrella was crafted.
Since Imogen started to read independently at the beginning of the year, books have become a huge part of her life and she’s now a total bookworm. One thing she loves is watching her favourite stories come to life as TV series or film adaptations and Netflix has a huge selection to chose from. Here’s a selection of both of our favourites available on Netflix now.
Netflix have come up with these five great ways to make story time even more fun, guess which one is our favourite?
1.) Dress up as the characters from your favourite books with your child for story time. You don’t necessarily need expensive outfits, whip out the face paints and get creative!
2.) Discuss the book after reading; did your child enjoy it? What did they learn? Would they like to read it again? Who was their favourite character and why?
3.) Read out loud and give spirit to the characters – make it a family affair! Whether that be mum, dad or a grandparent children will relish the opportunity to spend time with the family.
4.) A great incentive to get your child reading is to watch the TV show or film on Netflix after you have finished the book as a reward.
5.) Make story time fun with an easy to follow craft idea on how to bring your favourite book to life, below….
“Read the Book, See the TV Series” craft idea
Try out this easy craft idea that you can do with your family before or after you read the book and watch the film on Netflix. Personalise your child’s room with book pages from his or her favorite story.
Materials you’ll need: Favourite book Craft block letters (available at Hobby Craft) PVA Glue White craft paint Foam brush Photocopied pages from your favorite book Scissors
How to do it: Photocopy your favorite images from the pages of your favorite book at an office supply store or with your home printer. (If the images are too big or too small for the craft letters, reduce or enlarge the size of the images.) Paint your craft block letters with 2-3 coats of white paint. Let dry.
Cut out your images from the photocopies and arrange them on the letters exactly how you want them to look. One idea is to tell the book’s story with pictures or words on your craft letters, or you can just place your favourite images anyway you like on the letters.
Then, using the foam brush spread PVA glue on the back of each image and place them on the letter. Wrap any paper ends that extend outsider the letter tops around the letter sides and unto the back, if necessary. Once you have glued all of the images where you like them, spread PVA glue over the entire top and sides of each letter.
Let dry completely and voila!
As soon as Imogen’s birthday party is out of the way we’ll be making these for both Imogen and Joseph, very simple but very effective.