We know that reading with children is one of the most valuable things we can do as parents, grandparents and caregivers. Children learn about the world around them, learn to solve problems and develop their own values through the stories we read with them.
But, as children spend more time on tablets and other devices, they spend less time playing and exploring outside. That is where StoryWalk® comes in.
A StoryWalk® is a deconstructed book with laminated pages clipped to posts scattered throughout a green space. To encourage movement between pages, physical prompts are added – to “walk like a duck” or “pretend to paddle a canoe” to the next page. This part is most appreciated by kids as they happily jump, dance and tip-toe between the pages.
Reading with kids requires a “time-in” that kids crave and need. Adults need it too. In a world where a person has all the entertainment, recipes, emails, calendars and every social connection they’ve ever made in the palm of their hand, taking a walk through a park and reading with kids provides a break we all need. Stretching up as tall as a tree and twirling like a dancer is movement our bodies need.
In 100 Mile House, StoryWalks® are installed every Friday from May to August in the garden at Parkside Art Gallery. There are pop up StoryWalks® in parks in Williams Lake throughout the summer.
Our thanks to Kimberly Vance Lundsbye for sharing this information on StoryWalks®. If you would like to learn more about StoryWalks® in the Cariboo, contact Kimberly at email@example.com.
The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalks® have been installed in 50 states and 12 countries, including: Germany, Canada, England, Bermuda, Russia, Malaysia, Pakistan and South Korea!