Last week at Cook story time we explored what it means to be wild! Amy read to us about wild animals and got us to move our bodies like them too. She also shared a book about how Mr Tiger rediscovered his wild nature. Here’s a great read aloud version to check out: STORYBOOK THEATER: Mr. Tiger Goes Wild – Peter Brown This book celebrates the different and wonderful ways we can express ourselves.
When we visited with Polly and Oinker (the library’s pig puppet) we learned how easy it is to transform ourselves into tigers! Polly was outside, as always, and showed us with a little mud that she could create a quick tiger nose and whiskers. She added a scarf tail and just like that, became a tiger. We roared, crept along the ground, and swished our tails with her.
Why is pretend play important? We can all see that make believe play helps children develop their imagination, but why is this important? What looks like simple fun is actually some of the most important work that children can engage in. As kids pretend, they develop emotional and psychological capacities which help them to understand and relate to their world. They’re learning to solve problems, develop independent ideas and create change.
Imaginative play allows kids to explore their outer world with their bodies and their inner world at the same time. They can process feelings safely by acting and speaking through another persona. They can try on different roles and ways of being.
Pretend play doesn’t take any special tools. In fact, toys which do all the imaging for the child can restrict the richness of their play. Children are born geniuses at play. Sit back and observe what they do naturally, giving them plenty of time, space and autonomy to go wherever their imaginations take them!
This Tuesday at Cook story time we’ll be talking about fireflies! Join us on June 16th at 10:30am as we celebrate a true summer wonder, lightning bugs! We’re excited to share this magic with your family and to encourage you all to get outside on an evening this week to see the show!
An important community resource:
The NH Food Bank in partnership with the USDA and Camp Huckins will be providing summer meals for the communities of SAU 13. Breakfast and lunch will be available for pick-up from 11:30 – 12:15 P.M. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from June 22nd through August 21st. Meals for two days will be provided on Mondays and Wednesdays and for one day on Fridays.
Meals are available FREE OF CHARGE to any child under the age of 18 in our communities. For more information or to find other meal pick up sites in your area text “FOOD” to 877-877.
We hope to see you this week in our Zoom story time!
Amy and Polly