We’ve teamed up with Essex Libraries and Essex Country Parks to bring you Read with me under a tree – a celebration of rhymes, books and the great outdoors!
Reading with your little one is a great way of helping them develop their communication skills and expand their vocabulary – and the best bit is you can read together almost anywhere!
The great outdoors offers lots of possibilities for learning new things and being creative, and books can often be the starting point for coming up with your own games and activities – why not act out your favourite story together using homemade props and soft toys? To celebrate the re- launch of Read with me under a tree, a number of events are taking place across the county, including themed baby and toddler Rhymetime sessions at Essex Libraries and special events at selected Essex Country Parks:
- Great Notley Country Park – Monday 20 March 10am – 11am
- Weald Country Park – Thursday 23 March 10am – 11am
- Hadleigh Country Park – Tuesday 28 March 10am – 11am
- Thorndon Country Park – Friday 31 March 10am – 11am
Head over to one of these free events (car parking charges apply at Country Parks) and enjoy reading and playing together. Make sure you’re dressed warmly for the outdoor sessions and prepared for messy play. To book https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/read-with-me-under-a-tree-tickets-31831091652
And from next month, you’ll also be able to borrow a Read with me under a tree activity pack free of charge from Essex Country Parks. The packs include a book, themed activity sheet and den building kit to help you get outside and have fun! Don’t worry if you can’t attend one of the events, there are still lots of ways you can get involved – why not head out into the back garden with your little one’s favourite book and encourage them to join in as you read together? Or head over to the Family Reading Activities page for books and activities you can enjoy in your local outdoor space.
And don’t forget to tick number 38 – Read with me under a tree – off the ultimate 50 things to do before you’re 5!