Blog By: Brittany Jefferson, Brightsong Intern & Liz McMahon, MA, CCC-SLP
September is National Read to a Child Month. Reading to children has a big impact on a child’s life. Not only are you building and sharing positive relationships between you and the child, but also with books and learning. Books show children another world. They encourage imagination and creativity. Books inspire us and help us learn at the same time. One of our favorite books at Brightsong is Color Farm by Lois Ehlert. With simple shapes and bright colors, Color Farm encourages children to look at things in a different way. With a little manipulation of shapes, you can turn a dog into a goose or a cat into a cow. Here are a few fun ways to incorporate learning activities with this book:
To help work on receptive language and visual skills, parents can point to each picture and ask, “What does this look like?” You can give options and see what they say. For example, “Does it look like a horse or a pig?”
Identifying colors is an important skill for children to learn. While reading the book, say, “I see something red” and see if your child can point to the correct color. You can also find other objects that are the same color and play a game like I Spy while looking around the room.
Imitating Animal Sounds
While talking about each animal, encourage your child to make the targeted animal sound. Ask questions and see if your child can remember what each animal sounds like. Imitating animal sounds is a great way to work on a variety of consonant and vowel combinations such as “moo, baa, quack, etc.”
Make Your Own Shape Animals
Cut out some colored shapes and encourage your child to make animals using the pattern blocks. This activity works on cognitive, fine motor, visual and spatial recognition, math and problem solving skills. Encourage your child to get creative using the different shapes and colors.
Identify Shapes and Counting
This book is a great way to work on identifying colors and shapes. After talking about the shapes in the book, find other objects around the house that are similar in shape. Another skill to encourage is to work on counting the shapes. How many squares do you see? How many circles?
Color Farm is a great book and targets a variety of skills. We hope you and your child enjoy it as much as we do! Happy Reading!