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How to Enjoy the Rainy Days of Spring!

Posted on 03-18-2016 | Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco & Legacy West

The air is fresher, the sunshine is warmer and the grass is greener – ahhh, springtime! The opportunities to explore and enjoy the outdoors seems endless and for young children and preschoolers, it’s the perfect way to expend all of that extra energy. But what do you do on the cooler rainy days that prohibit a lot of outdoor play?

One of the best rainy day activities for children and adults alike is curling up with a good book by the rain-spattered window and getting lost in a world with lovable characters, carefully-crafted plots, and a feast of words and worlds to spur on your imagination! Perhaps your little one is just now learning how to read; or perhaps your child isn’t showing an interest in reading yet. Never fear! There is still a chance to redeem the rainy days of spring with an exciting exploration of books. Here’s how:

  • Find an age-appropriate book to read aloud - Whether you need to grab a thick board book for your toddler or a more involved chapter book for your budding preschooler or kindergartener, find a book that would have a plot that your child could follow.
  • Once you have read the book (or chapter of the book) aloud – ACT IT OUT! - Let your child choose their favorite character and you can fill in the gaps for the other characters. Make it as involved or as simple as you would like. Does your child enjoy crafts? Make some props! Do they like dressing up? Grab the sheets off the bed for a cape, a pillowcase for a silly hat and voila – you’re all set!
  • Talk about the plot or moral of the story. – Ask your child questions like “What did you learn?” “Why do you think that character acted that way?” “How would that situation make you feel?” etc. Getting your child to put themselves into the shoes of the characters helps solidify the lessons of the story and can help take reading from just recreational to life-changing.

Even on the rainy days of spring, you and your child can enjoy imaginative and active time together. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco & Legacy West we are passionate about early literacy and many of our pre-K graduates are already reading upon graduation! We understand how critical the early years are for a child and our enthusiasm for reading at all ages contribute to establishing a firm foundation for every child! Contact us today for a free tour and to learn more about our excellent programs from infants to after-school!

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