A blog site run by two children’s librarians dedicated to Storytime. Their site provides lots of inspiration for songs, rhymes and fingerplays. Their related Pinterest and Youtube sites are worth checking out too.
A blog crammed full of practical and effective ideas for art and craft projects. All the crafts are made from easy to find, everyday materials and have been tried and tested in the classroom. These projects can be easily incorporated into a language programme, and are well suited to EFL courses.
This site includes pictures and videos for some very nice art projects using a range of different materials. There are also links to free resources and printables. Many activities are suited to older children or would require close supervision.
Find fantastic craft ideas and free templates that even very young children can enjoy. The great thing about the ideas on this site is that they are indeed, EASY. They don’t require specialist craft equipment so they can be enjoyed by most people. There are good collections for different topics so you can find something that would tie in for a topic or story you’re working on.
These simple powerpoint games can be used to provide a change of focus while still practising your target language. Activity suggestions have been provided in the notes section, especially where slides contain only images and it is not immediately obvious how you could use them.
Spot the monster games
Use these fun monster pictures to play body parts games.
Practise animals, body and action vocabulary with this animation slide.
Practise the actions from this popular song with these fun games.
These free powerpoints include colourful images and simplified text. You can use them to tell the stories in a simpified way. They also provide a change of focus from traditional storytelling. In order for kids to acquire language, they need to hear it several times. It is very useful to re-tell stories several times for this reason. BUT…these re-tellings don’t always have to be done in the same way or format. If you are using these in a classroom setting with a projector, you might also enjoy using the slides for other vocabulary and language games.
Simplified Elmer story
Join Elmer the colourful elephant on his adventure. This simplified version includes useful repetition of colours and animals vocabulary.
Simplified Enormous Turnip story
Kids will enjoy joining in with the repeated phrases; ‘Come and help!’, ‘Pull!’, ‘The turnip doesn’t move’.