Celebrating Children’s Book Week – Ourselves

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Here are our plans for Foundation Stage (3-5 year olds) on our special Book Day, as part of Children’s Book Week. Foundation stage’s theme is “Ourselves”. Please feel free to reuse, adapt and share any of the resources on this page.

Session 1

Book: The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith
Follow up book: Kids by Laurence and Catherine Anholt
Focus activity: (Group) collage with images of children and families
Resources required: pre-cut-out images of people from magazines, either paper and glue or contact paper
Additional Books: Big Book of Families by Laurence and Catherine Anholt, So Much by Trish Cooke and Helen Oxenbury.

A cautionary note: When we chose this activity we didn’t realise how difficult it would be to find plenty of images of non-white people in magazines. Although maybe it shouldn’t have been a surprise it was still a shock to realise how rarely non-white faces feature in “general interest” magazines. I found the best source of inclusive images was council publications! Finding photos of disabled people doing normal every day activities was even more difficult.

Session 2

Book: Wake Up! by Katie Cleminson (which I reviewed here)
Follow up book: Tuck me in! by Dean Hacohen and Sherry Scharschmidt (which I reviewed here)
Focus activity: “Dressing” dolls with a collage made from fabric squares
Resources required: “Dolls” (we’re using this image and printing it on A4 paper), lots of small fabric squares (I cut up some of my remnants I’ve been hanging on to from various sewing projects, but you could ask children to donate old, worn clothes and cut them up if you don’t have your own fabric stash), wool cut into strips, PVA glue, pens/pencils to decorate the dolls and add faces.
Additional Books: Kiss Good Night, Sam by Amy Hest, illustrated by Anita Jeram, All in a Day by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Nikki McClure

Session 3

Books: If you’re happy and you know it by Anna McQuin and Sophie Fatus, Head Shoulders Knees and Toes by Annie Kubler
Follow up book: The Hokey Cokey Teddy Bear Song Book
Focus activity: Dancing and singing. Play CD that accompanies If you’re happy and you know it/ play video from YouTube on white screen and dance/sing along. For other songs, play relevant tracks on this or similar CD.
Resources required: Space, CD/internet access. Optionally add in musical instruments if children prefer to play them or have mobility issues.
Additional Books: Doing the Animal Bop by Jan Ormerod, Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton

Session 4

Book: A house is a house for me by Mary Ann Hoberman and Betty Fraser (which I reviewed here)
Follow up book: Whose House? By Colin and Jacqui Hawkins
Focus activity: Creating a house-shaped bookmark full of bookshelves
Resources required: This template (a pdf file), pre-cut, glue, pens/pencils for colouring in
Additional Books: Come Home with Us by Annie Kubler

As these sessions are for Foundation Stage there will be lots of independent play based activities available for the children at the same time such as dolls to dress and bathe, doll houses of various sorts to play with and minature world toys (eg garages, stations).

3 Responses

  1. Emma Phillips

    Thank you for sharing these brilliant activities and books. My son has just started in Reception and I was aware of this project but didn’t have any ideas of how I could continue this at home. But now I do!

    Emma Phillips

  2. Zoe

    Thanks Emma and Se7en. Emma, I hope you do feel inspired to try some of these activities at home. I’d love to hear how you get on.

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