Preschool Family Reading Night, Part II: Discovery Baskets

A few weeks ago, I hosted our second Family Reading Night this year for my daughter’s preschool.  I’m always amazed and excited at the number of families that attend.  The Parent Association, which I’m a contributing member of, is hosting Spring Fling in a few weeks.  This is a day when families can come together, enjoy a picnic lunch, a petting zoo, and spring related arts and crafts.  Knowing this was coming up, I chose to make the theme of reading night related to spring.  So, families enjoyed “Discovering Baskets of Hands-On Fun” with a spring theme.  It was a night of building background knowledge to help prepare students for Spring Fling.

I created Discovery Baskets using six sub-themes of spring.  Baskets included the following themes:

  • Caterpillars/Butterflies
  • Baby Chicks
  • Animal Babies
  • Gardening
  • Kites
  • Birds

Each basket had several fiction and informational texts for parents to read aloud with their children and a hands-on craft or activity.  Students had fun creating butterflies out of coffee filters, making baby chicks out of pom-poms, sorting and matching animal babies and their mothers, sorting packets of seeds, creating flowers out of cupcake papers, making kites, and creating their very own bird nest out of playdoh and twigs.  It was a fun night!

Children and Parents Create Chicks

Children Sort and Match Animals and Their Mothers

A Cupcake Paper Flower

Would you like to create a Family Reading Night for your child’s preschool, but don’t know where to begin?  Check out Links to Literacy for more information!

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One Response to “Preschool Family Reading Night, Part II: Discovery Baskets”

  1. Beth Zemble Says:

    This is a terrific hands-on activity to engage parents and little ones. A fun addition to this project would be to create “experience stories.” After reading a book and making a craft, parent and child can visit a farm, work in the garden, or have another springtime adventure. After the experience, ask your child to tell you about it in his or her own words. Prompt for details that are descriptive (e.g What did the fur feel like? What did the dirt smell like) and help your child to tell his story in chronological order. With some support, your child can create a story with descriptive details. Have him or her illustrate the story and create a book.

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