You can make back to school fun and exciting for your kids with some back to school books and back to school activities. One school-themed book you might enjoy for this back to school season is Follow the Line to School by Laura Ljungkvist.
. Follow a line as it weaves left to right across a page, highlighting letters, words, and numbers as it goes. This book is a wonderful artistic introduction to a full day at school.
The artwork is gorgeous. There is so much to look at one each page, yet every illustration is clear. The line moves left to right across a page, highlight letters, words, and numbers as it goes. The potential for vocabulary development is available every time you re-read the book. I feel like it’s one of those books you can read with your child as he grows.
After reading Follow the Line to School, I created a yarn scavenger hunt on our back deck. I began by weaving yarn all around the deck. If you have a nice level backyard (I do not), you could just use spots in your yard. At various points around the deck, I attached a clothespin on the yarn. This allowed us to play the game in several different ways.
When your kids are 1 and 3, it takes a little practice to figure out how to walk and hold on to a line at the same time. Our first time around we just walked around following the line. It was actually quite a hit all on it’s own.
Before we went around the line path again, I clipped the letters to Logan’s name in order. As we found a letter, he got to unclip it and name it.
After finding all the letters, we put them together to spell his name. He loved putting his letters in the right order!
Finally, we did a little review of the book Follow the Line to School. I wrote a back to school “clue” on the front of each card. These clues were descriptions that I copied right out of the book. Like, “Pick out a book and hear a story.” On the back, I wrote the correct location at school. Like, “Library”
At each stop, I read the clue and Logan guessed the place at school. He was actually pretty good at it, since we had just gone to Bible School… and we’ve read the book a lot this week.
If it wasn’t HOT here, we would have enjoyed the book outside but we were ready to head back in after this.
If you want a fun back to school idea for your child, play this school clue game. You don’t want your kid to be “clueless” about the first day of school.
I’m thinking this will be an often repeated activity. Any suggestions of other things I could put on my line?