Tuesday 23 October 2012

Project: Reading Ladder!

The girls enjoyed really enjoyed the reading scheme the library had over the summer.  I mentioned, back in September, maybe making one of their own.  Yesterday evening they decided that that was what they wanted to do.  So that's what we did today.: a princesses tower, a space rocket, a tree, a skyscraper...  The list is endless, just let them use their imagination!  Or if they're not sure, do what we did and make a ladder.
It did involve some maths measuring up the pieces of corrugated cardboard, art to make it pretty and for the character pieces as well as writing in the books they  made and, of course, reading.
They made theirs for the fridge (a giant fridge magnet) but you could put it on a wall and use blu tak instead of magnets if  you like.
Anyway on with what you will need to make it:
  • Corrugated cardboard or sheets of foam anything with the textures you require really that is similar
  • Scissors
  • PVA glue
  • Stickers
  • A ruler
  • A pencil
  • 2 pieces of paper and 2 more for each mini book you make.
  • Pens, glitter or anything else you might like to use to decorate it.
We used corrugated cardboard but you can use any paper or cardboard you like to get the textures wanted.  I used this project as a bit of a maths lesson at first measuring all the thickness of the rails to makes sure they're the same thickness and the runs are all the same size.  For fun you could always talk about perimeters and areas of the shapes.  Chiara and Naomi decided on wavy rails and straight runs but from here on it's pretty much up to you what you do with it.  If you do a princess turret, a nights castle or a rocket you might want to chose your levels to be windows, but that is just one of many ideas.  Have fun creating.  Oh, yes, before I forget they stuck the pieces of shaped corrugated card down with PVA glue!
Naomi and Chiara got into the measuring so much that they even measured the distance between their stickers!

They done a fab job!

When all that is done you can attach some magnet strips with adhesive backing, ours were bought from The Works

Then the girls made characters to climb the ladder.  Again these characters can be anything they want and then more magnetic strip.

Then it's ready for the fridge.

Chiara's Character
Then you can make a little book to record the books read.  We took 6 pieces of A4 paper (which we used to make 3 books) and cut it in half width ways and then folded that it half and stapled it together like this...

Naomi wants to decorate hers bit by bit with the stickers she earns...

This is how the girls have chosen to record their books but you could always add a review part in too, it's really up to the child and how much they want to do.
Yes that's right then their are the rewards.  I didn't want to spend loads of money and I didn't want to dish out sweets, so I chose things that were cheap but fun.

We chose, word searches, erasers, pens and stickers.
It's made no difference to Chiara's reading - she always has her head in a book- but Naomi seems to have her head in a book twice  as much as usual and even little Honi is joining in and wanting to read more.  So if you want to try it I hope you have as much fun making it as we did.

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