Beyond Storytime: May 25 – 29

Excited about watching virtual Storytimes but wanting to get more out of them? We are delighted to bring you some extra activities you can add to your day to get more out of our Storytimes! Each Friday we’ll be bringing you a preview of the themes for the next week and suggestions for ways to build extra learning and fun into each day.

If you need a reminder how to access Tumblebooks, see our post here: Learning from Home

Monday May 25:

Theme: Everyday Wonder
Activity: Wonder Journal
Extra Story: “Imagination” Playlist on Tumblebooks

There is so much to wonder at in the world around us. Around the age of three children often start asking “Why?” about everything they are sensing around them. This is a great opportunity to harness their sense of curiosity and wonder by creating a “Wonder Journal”.

What you’ll need:

  • A Journal, notebook, or a handful of paper
  • Curious Minds
  1. Have your children decorate an empty journal or notebook (you can create your own out of some scrap pieces of paper around the house if you don’t have any to hand) however they want. Create a space somewhere on the cover to write the word “wonder” on it.
  2. Keep your journal ready to hand so that whenever your child asks a “why” question or “wonders” about their surroundings, you have a place to log it!
  3. Carve out some time in the day or week to go over some of the questions they asked with them and spend time looking up the answers to the questions. Look in books or online for the answers (libraries are great places to come with questions that need answering!) As you discover together, create a page for each answers that your colour, or decorate, or illustrate along with you. You can add cut outs and print outs as you go, or take photos of what you are learning. Encourage your child to experiment with the world around you! *Note that not all questions need to be (or can be) answered, but just creating a journal where your child’s curiosity can be noted will inspire them to live a life of wonder!

Need a way to kick-start your journal?

Why not head out on a hike? When a question arises, for example, “Why is the sky so blue?”, write it down in the journal together. Ask your child to think about why the sky might be blue and jot down their answer. When you get home, you can research why the sky is actually blue, then create a page about what you both have learnt. As more questions arise, keep on adding them.

Here are some sites to inspire the wonder, or find answers to questions:

Tuesday May 26th 2020:

Theme: Shapes
Activity 1: Cardboard Shape Stamps
Extra Story: “Math Inspired” Playlist on Tumblebooks

What you’ll need:

  • Cardboard scraps from cereal boxes (or a similar type of cardboard)
  • Toilet Paper Roll
  • Hot glue gun
  • Paint
  • Paper
  1. Using recycled cardboard from cereal boxes, trace and cut out shapes about 1 inch in size. Some shape ideas: Square, Circle, Rectangle, Star, Heart, Triangle, Oval, Hexagon, Pentagon, Diamond, Cross, Trapezoid, Arrow etc…
  2. Take a recycled TP roll and cut it into a bunch of small rings (you can save some rings for the stamping itself). Bend them in half and hot glue them to the backs of the cardboard shapes to make “stamp handles”.
  3. Using paint, ink, mud, or anything else you might have around, dip the stamp into the substance and start stamping shapes all over a piece of paper (or a piece of recycled cardboard) to create some art.
  4. As you stamp, talk about which shape is which.

Pro-tip: You could trace out the stamp shapes onto a piece of paper ahead of time and have the child match the stamp to the outline on the paper!

Wednesday May 27:

Theme: Dragons
Activity: Fairy Tale Puppets
Extra Story: “The Paper Bag Princess” by Robert Munsch (Found on Tumblebooks)

What you’ll need:

This is a great craft to be creative, so you can use whatever you can find around the house! Here are some ideas:

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Scrap paper
  • Yarn
  • Ribbon
  • Buttons
  • Gift wrap
  • Plastic spoons
  • Scrap material
  • Paint
  • Socks
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Egg cartons
  1. Use items you have gathered to create Fairy Tale Puppets. Spend time brainstorming with your child some of the typical fairy tale characters you might encounter in a story and then they can start creating!

Here are some ideas for characters you might find in a fairy tale:

  • Prince/princess/queen/king
  • Talking animals
  • Magical animals
  • Fairies/witches/wizards (good or bad)
  • Dragons/griffins/unicorns/mermaids

Need some puppet inspiration? Check out these links.

Bonus activity: Create a puppet show for friends and family using your creations!

Proud of your creation? Why not send it over to us at

Thursday May 28:

Theme: Colours
Activity: Colour Scavenger Hunt
Extra Story: “A Penguin Story” by Antoinette Portis (found on Tumblebooks)

What you’ll need:

  • Construction Paper
  • Items from around the house
  1. Lay out pieces of construction paper (in assorted colours) on the floor with space between them. Label each colour of paper to add in an extra literacy component.
  2. Have the children walk around the house finding items to match and add to the construction paper. Example: Child spots a banana and brings it back to the construction paper. They would then place the banana on the “Yellow” piece of construction paper to match the colours.

Pro-tip: Every time the child brings back an item, ask them which colour the item is and where they think it should go. Talk about the colour of the item as they place it in their spot. If they are struggling, have them put the item next to the coloured sheets and ask if they see any “sameness” to the items, with an emphasis on the colour aspect. Play the guessing game until you find the right colour, and let them know it’s okay to keep trying until they figure it out!

Friday May 29:

Theme: Ice-cream and sweet treats
Activity 1: Playdough Ice Cream Parlor
Extra Story: “Brrr… It’s Cold Out There!” Playlist on Tumblebooks

What you’ll need:

  • Playdough
  • Cups and/or bowls
  • Paper rolled into “cones”
  • spoons
  • Assorting “toppings”
  • Dried beans (kidney, black bean, chick peas etc… MUST BE DRIED)
  • Buttons
  • Pom poms
  • Ribbon
  • Scrap paper pieces
  • Yarn scraps (makes good sauces/drizzles)
  • Sequins
  • Cotton balls (marshmallows)

1. With the playdough create some pretend ice cream sundaes and ice cream cones. Spend time doing some imaginative play: pretend you are workers in an ice cream shop! Decorate the ice cream Sundaes to fit “orders”, scoop ice cream cones, or just deck out the ice cream in whichever fun ways can be imagined!

For a great homemade playdough recipe check out this link:

Pro-tip: Don’t have the materials at home to make play-doh but still want to make “play ice cream”? Why not crumple pieces of paper into ice cream sized balls and pretend they are scoops of ice cream to serve? Spend time decorating your bowls of paper scoops with “toppings”.

Bonus activity: Homemade Ice Cream Recipe

Try making some delicious homemade ice cream by following this simple recipe! Although the recipe calls for Oreo Cookies, it can be created with whichever flavours you crave! Why not try it with a favourite cereal or smarties?

That’s all for this week! We will see you next week for more Storytime fun!