Make-your-own costumes...what comes to mind? Sewing, elaborate, taking lots of time? It doesn't always have to be that way, right?!
Many costumes can start with a sweatshirt or a box. My favorite costume was in 4th grade; I was a pair of dice with my friend Kerry. She and I painted the boxes, pasted on paper dots, and wore tights and a turtleneck.
A Baltimore Sun article with lots of links
About.com has costumes and family crafts too
HGTV has 3 minute video clips that include no-sew costumes and toddler costumes
Rhyming books...they're fun to read aloud because they read like songs. In storytime they are some of the most silliest and entertaining reads; my favorites! I can do all kinds of activities that extend right from the book, making the books interactive.
Click on the rhyming tag in the catalog to find some rhyming books for toddlers and preschoolers. Of course, many more books are out there. So if you come across one of your favorite rhyming books, tag it in the catalog, and it will totally be added!
Rhyming books also help with phonological awareness and sensitivity; the ability to hear the breakdown of sounds within words. Being aware of phonemes as a small child, will help them when they are older and begin to read -- when they need to sound out words for themselves. The Every Child Ready to Read site has lots of ways we can interact with kids regarding phonological awareness, as well as other emergent literacy skills for babies, toddlers, and pre-readers. Check it out!
Some fun phological awareness activities:
KIDS AGE 5-17 BELIEVE TECHNOLOGY WILL SUPPLEMENT – NOT REPLACE – BOOK READING AND SAY THEY WILL ALWAYS WANT TO READ BOOKS PRINTED ON PAPER
Tweens and Teens who Participate in Online Activities Are More Likely to Read Books for Fun Daily
A new study released today finds that 75% of kids age 5-17 agree with the statement, “No matter what I can do online, I’ll always want to read books printed on paper,” and 62% of kids surveyed say they prefer to read books printed on paper rather than on a computer or a handheld device. The Kids & Family Reading Report ™, a national survey of children age 5-17 and their parents, also found that kids who go online to extend the reading experience – by going to book or author websites or connecting with other readers – are more likely to read books for fun every day.
Download the full report or watch presentations on the report in short sections here. Parents, you might particularly interested in checking out Section IV; Parents' Roles in Kids' Reading (page 38 of the actual report). In it, they found the "High Frequency reading parents are six times more likely than low frequency reading parents to have high frequency reading children (42% vs. 7%)." Those "high frequency reading parents" try more tactics to encourage their children to read for pleasure like;
Read the same books as my child so I can talk with him/her about the books.
Reward my child for reading books.
Have my child participate in book clubs or other reading groups that meet in person.
Use movies or TV shows that are based on books to get my child interested in a book.
Encourage my child to go online and exlore a book's website, an author's website or other types of website that exten the reading experience.
Those are definitely good ideas! There is a great website called KidsReads.com and they have a TON of information about books, book clubs and authors. It is a good place to start exploring books online!