Easter is just around the corner, bringing with it a plethora of egg-hiding, treasure hunts, and treats. These 4 books are perfect for some fun storytelling time with your little one over the long weekend, especially if you are not heading out of Singapore!
Easter Book #1 - 《我们去找彩蛋啦》
Four tatty brown rabbits set off on an Easter egg hunt adventure. With lift-the-flap interaction and singsong verse, little ones will definitely want to read this book again and again! The rabbits (and the readers) must look for ten eggs on the hunt while meeting other animals along the way, including lambs, bees, and one scary wolf. This hardcover book is a perfect pick to read before sending your own little one out on their own egg hunt.
Easter Book #2 - 《奇怪的蛋》
Each of the birds has an egg...except for Duck. So when Duck finds a beautiful egg of his own he's delighted -- even though the other birds make fun of it. But everyone's in for a BIG surprise when his egg finally hatches!
The witty text and playful illustrations in this bilingual picture book appear on cleverly designed cut pages that allow the visual jokes to unfold.
Easter Book #3 - 《这是谁的蛋》
One day, Bear found a single egg in the forest. Whose egg is that? Bear gradually developed deep feelings with the eggs during the process of finding the egg's mother. However, a snake came, and claimed the egg was its baby...
Easter Book #4 - 《方形的蛋》
Georgette is a very humble hen on the farm. Other poultry mothers have a variety of capitals to show off. But there is nothing for George. She also wanted to be like everyone, so she said she had a square egg. From then on, Geigitt began standing high-pitched among other poultry mothers, but when everyone wanted to visit her square eggs...
These terrific books can be found at Maha Yu Yi, the largest Chinese children's book store in Singapore!
What a fruitful March school break it was! We ran 3 day camps for children aged 5-8 years old at Bras Basah Complex and had a great time with the wonderful budding readers!
Using our very own 《朋朋爱盖章，砰！》stamping art story pack, we explored topics ranging from animals to emotions, got creative with vegetable stamp art and finger painting, and even had a post-lunch trip to Singapore's largest children's Chinese book store, Maha Yu Yi!
Not forgetting our special guest speaker, Mr Lee Kow Fong, more fondly known as 阿果! One of Singapore's most renowned and talented children's Chinese book author and illustrator, he taught participants on the use of colours and tones to express emotions. The little ones then had a hands-on session drawing on the walls (lined with mahjong paper)!
A child’s first years of life are the most important when it comes to brain development. Research from the American Academy of Pediatrics found that reading to a child in early infancy can boost vocabulary and reading skills before elementary school. Plus, it’s all about creating that healthy routine of reading and spending time together. Your little one will benefit from feeling nurtured and loved by hearing your voice, and will start to build early language skills and a sense of connection with you.
How can we promote reading at home? Here are a few suggestions from Miao, our fellow Dandelion educator & storyteller, who is also a mummy to 2 toddlers.
Set aside time to read to the little one regularly. You can start with 5 minutes before bedtime. Do it at a time that is most convenient for you (for example, I read to my elder girl when her baby sister naps in the afternoon).
Set up a cosy corner at home for reading. Place books within reach of the little ones. You can pick some books for display purposes and rotate them from time to time. This corner should be kept away from gadgets like the television and computers.
Read to the little ones as often as possible. When they request for you to read to them, try to do it if time permits. I have yet to come across any child who dislikes stories.
4) Pack a book in your bag
What do you do when you are waiting for your coffee at Starbucks with your little ones? Or when you are dining out and waiting for dishes to be served? Whip out that book and keep the little ones occupied! It works well too when you are trying to conduct adult conversations!
5) Model reading
You may not be an avid reader, but it certainly leaves an impression whenever your little ones see you read!
6) Choose books based on their interests and preferences
Involve your little ones when you are picking books in the library or in bookstores. If you worry about their choices, consider offering them a few titles and get them to pick from there. Now that is a win-win situation!
Register for our Interactive Hands-On Reading & Book Selection Workshop to get expert advice and ideas on how to embark on an exciting lifelong reading journey with your little one! This is followed by a very useful session on how to pick the best books most suitable for your child. Have a personal book shopper right beside you, leading you into the wonderful world of Chinese children's books, and picking out the best reads for your little one!
In this 1-hour long production, the protagonist Sun Wu Kong shows his journey through his legendary life. Not only will children be able to benefit from the values taught in this production, they will also be able to cultivate good learning habits and hone their interest in the Chinese language. More information on ticket sales on the Speak Mandarin Campaign's website.