What did we do?
We have amazing weather this morning so hit the garden again nice and early to have some fun with one of the girls’ favourite books, The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water.
Since the first read I have adored this book by Gemma Merino, about a little crocodile who just doesn’t enjoy playing in the water like his brothers and sisters, and A definitely feels the same way. It’s one of those we could easily just sit down and have a traditional story time with, and we frequently do, but I decided today to bring it to life in a different way.
I gathered together:
• A long forgotten wooden crocodile
• A dragon inflatable that’s been knocking around for years
• The girls’ water play table
• The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water
…called the girls outside, filled the water table, showed them the book and the props and they got the idea straight away.
As we read, V and A stood up and acted out the story with the props. A kept dashing inside to grab extra props she knew would suit and we soon had:
• An army of building blocks playing the part of the little crocodile’s brothers and sisters
• A wooden stacking circle as a rubber ring
• A chair masquerading as a bath tub
How did it go?
This was a great activity. It was relatively easy to set up and so engaging for the kids. Using the water added an extra, tactile level of enjoyment and V was obsessed with how the crocodile (dragon!) would be feeling ‘cold’ and ‘wet’. The extra props A gathered and made use of showed how gripped by the story she was.
I managed the initial reading and four encores before retiring as narrator, leaving the book open for the girls to keep referring to; A is still out there now half an hour later acting out bits of the story.
How can you use this?
• Introduce the sense of touch when a text gives the opportunity
• Waterplay will enhance just about anything for most kids so if a character is washing, swimming or in the rain, introduce water if possible
• Blow the figurative dust off an old favourite and find a new way to enjoy it
• Take books outside – the girls seem so excited to see their books in a new setting