Play along with a favorite book with an interactive reading comprehension activity that invites playful learning!
Monthly subscription boxes are great, but sometimes you need a little more than a box of toys or supplies for activities. You might want a little bit of support or guidance.
For Stephanie, our Member of the Month, she was looking for that something more.
“I checked out all the monthly subscription boxes,” said Stephanie. “Although some of them look amazing, they were all more money than I wanted to spend and they only came once a month.”
Often these subscription boxes would just sit. Stephanie just wasn’t sure what to do or have another parent to bounce ideas off of.
“The Activity Room has put everything I need in one spot!” Stephanie commented.
Stephanie loves that everything is packaged for her, along with a vibrant and active Facebook group to get support.
“The activities, their simple instructions, suggestions on how to adjust, a supply list, AND access to the Facebook group that is full of wonderful parents and caregivers who are there to offer suggestions and support when I struggle,” Stephanie said.
Let’s Meet Stephanie
How many kids do you have and how old are they?
Two girls: Olivia who is almost 4 and Bridget is 16 months.
How long have you been in The Activity Room?
Since January of 2018.
What is your favorite activity you’ve done in The Activity Room?
Tough call, but the rainbow toy scavenger hunt is one we keep going back to.
I love watching my oldest daughter find toys that are more than one color. It is always fun to see how she chooses which color beam to place it on.
It is great for when we need to clean up too.
What’s your favorite thing to do with your kids when you get a few moments?
Lately, my girls are really into dancing.
We clear a space in the living room where my girls and I shake and move to our favorite songs. Sometimes even Daddy joins!
Some nights it’s the soundtrack to Sing and others we dance and sing along with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. My heart bursts when I watch my oldest dance around singing “Look around look around, how lucky we are to be alive right now.”
From there we dive back into a mix of Manuel and Disney with Moana. I love that even at a very young age my girls have learned the value of music and what it can do for your soul.
What’s your best tip for doing activities with your kids?
Let go of perfection. I will be the first to say I am a little OCD about how my own projects turn out, but letting go of the need for my daughter’s crafts to look Pinterest ready has allowed them to explore and learn.
At this young age, it is important for them to learn how to use glue, scissors, and paints. To develop their own ideas about composition and color.
I have learned to step back and take on the role of helper, offering support and ideas when they ask and in return, I have watched them become amazing little artists and crafters.
If you were to tell a friend about The Activity Room, what would you say to them?
The Activity Room is is the organization and motivation I needed to connect with my kids on a daily basis.
Before the Activity Room, I spent hours online and looking through books to find projects that my girls and I could enjoy together.
Now with The Activity Room, I just glance at my calendar and know that I have an activity I can do without a lot of prep that will be fun.
Share your favorite quote
“Comparison is the thief of joy.”
Activity to share:
One of our favorite books is “Perfect Square” by Michael Hall. We love to play along with a fun reading comprehension activity that mimics the story!
The simple story is about a square who over the course of a week is cut, crumpled, poked, torn, and ripped. With each new day, the square finds a way to remake itself into something beautiful.
The square realizes that it is exciting and fun to embrace change and begins to look forward to what might happen next.
With six square pieces of paper, I had my daughter follow along to the book. This reading comprehension activity also works on fine motor skills.
She ripped, crumpled, poked and cut each square as I read, and then used those pieces to create her own adventures for the square.
Playing along as you read helps build reading comprehension through activity. There are reading comprehension activities that you can find or create for almost any story, at any level.