Virtual Story Time: Interstellar Cinderella
One of our most popular daily programs that happens twice(!) daily is our Story Time in the Early Childhood Learning Center. This blog is all about why story time is important, with some good information for grownups to know, and then we’ll focus on a few different activities that could tie into the book. Today, we are going to focus on the book Interstellar Cinderella, by Deborah Underwood. This book, for ages 3 and up, is a whimsical and modern twist of a classic most of us are familiar with! After reading, we explore an activity to do that relates back to Interstellar Cinderella. Join me this time in reading Interstellar Cinderella.
If you have this book, you can follow along as you listen. Reading aloud is so important to help develop literacy skills in all ages. It’s important to read aloud to your own child, but it’s also really beneficial to give them the opportunity to listen to someone else read aloud too! Hearing other people read will give them the opportunity to hear different styles of reading, allowing them to experiment with how they might read aloud. With that being said, lets dive in!
Now! It’s time for some activities! Doing activities that relate back to a book is a great way to help build comprehension and get children involved deeply with the text. And children’s literature is packed full of important lessons, so having your kid interact deeper with a special book is a great thing. These activities are all just suggestions to do after reading this book. Feel empowered to explore different areas of making and literacy that could be inspired by these activities or this book!
Create a different book cover-
This activity can be scaled down or up to many different ages! For older kids, they can think about the story and create a new book cover, little kids can create a drawing inspired by the original artwork or story. Art is a great way to connect with text and show comprehension for the book. If you want, use the art to create a book jacket, check out this video to see how to create one.
o Drawing supplies
Hold a conversation about this book, and the original Cinderella- Have a conversation about the book and talk about what the similarities and differences were. Think about other classic fairy tales or stories you know, and wonder up a new ending, or a plot twist! This conversation in itself can inspire many different activities for little ones, or older kids. Act out a new scene, draw a title page, write your own story.
I hope this read aloud and the related activities gives you and your little ones lots of ideas! Tag us on social media, @Kidspacemuseum @Kidspacechildrensmuseum if you make one of these suggested activities or let us know if you had another idea! For other resources, check out Peter H. Reynolds’s social media accounts for read alouds and lunch time drawings. Or, follow the account Lee and Low Books, who post stories and a quick daily activity that the whole family can usually do!
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