Early literacy isn’t only about reading books and learning letter sounds. Many of the foundations for good reading and writing include things you can do through play. This simple activity works on so many skills like retelling events, vocabulary development and imagination. All things that must develop to create good writers. This simple activity uses toys you already have at home like Abby & Emma Magnetic Dress-Up Set and puzzles and turn them into tools for storytelling.
Gather your puzzle pieces and toys together and go through them with your child. Ask them what story they think they could tell with them. My daughter and I decided to tell a story about Abby ad Emma going to the zoo.
So she set up all the animals first.
They visited each animal and read imaginary signs about each one. I was surprised at how many facts my daughter who is 3 knew about these animals. I added in the words habitat and mammal.
After the long day at the zoo the girls even had a nap.
As you can see this isn’t a long activity but it’s a valuable one. Simple story telling can really help kids learn what stories are made of even before they can understand character, setting or plot. And they are having fun!