Storybook games

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on November 28, 2012

in Children's Books, Circle Time, DIY, Games, Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, Storybook Color Game, Storybook Game Mat

Anytime I find a children’s book that is really well written and I know my students will enjoy it – I try to think of ways to expand on that book.  One way I expand on a children’s book is by coming up with a story book game…

In my previous post, I shared with you how we read “Pete the Cat: by Eric Litwin. As part of the reading experience, I thought it would be fun to play a game using shoes or shoe prints or shoe cut-outs in some way…

I settled on construction paper shoe cutouts and stuck them to our circletime area carpet using clear contact paper…

Of course as soon as the children started trickling into the classroom door, they went right over and began to play on the footprints.   This is part of what I want to see as well. I want the game to have an open ended – free play aspect to it so the children can make up their own games throughout the day….

I’d like to tell you that I already know what we are going to play as a group with my story book game mat, but I don’t always know until after I get it all set up and sometimes, not until the children are sitting on the floor with me and it is time to actually play the game…

All I know for sure is that I want the game to be inviting, open ended, related to our story book, and hopefully fun and active for the children too!…

In this case, once I had all the children on the story book game mat, I realized that we wouldn’t be able to do a lot of quick movements because there were so many of us so we played “Pete the Cat” says – kind of like “Simon Says.”…

The children loved it. I tried to keep all the children moving at the same time in different ways like touching their toes, standing on one foot, and turning around.  And in between getting all of the children moving, I also called out individual names for a little color recognition practice by saying things like “Pete the Cat wants Harrison to stand on red shoes!”…

But for most of the day, the children played on the game mat in their own way which is exactly what I hope to see!

Questions you may have

  • I don’t leave the contact paper on the floor (carpet or tile) for too many days because it can leave a sticky residue over time and be very difficult to get up off the carpet or floor.
  • I used clear packing tape to secure the edges of the contact paper at either end of the game mat.

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