We do lots of activities for kids in our Storytimes - why not provide an activity for the caregivers, too? A great way to encourage Early Literacy at home (that is also fun!) is to create a “Tip Jar.” This is an activity that can include both child and caregiver, and will provide a source of entertainment and education for a long time to come!
Large Tongue Depressors (10 per participant)
Small Mason Jars (1 per participant)
Decorative River Rocks (large enough to not be a choking hazard - 20-30 per participant)
Printouts of Early Literacy Tips, cut out - make sure that each one can fit easily on a tongue depressor (If you’re looking for more ideas, make sure to check out this great resource!)
Lay out all Early Literacy tips on the table, word side down.
Remove the lid from each mason jar - set aside or discard.
Invite children and their caregivers to count out 10 tongue depressors for their own project.
Invite children and their caregivers to select - at random - 10 Early Literacy tips from the selection on the table.
Have everyone glue their Early Literacy tips onto their tongue depressors - 1 per each.
While those are drying, invite everyone to select 20-30 river rocks to place at the bottom of each mason jar.
Once the glue is dry, place the Early Literacy tips into the mason jar. Inspire parents to reach into the jar for ideas whenever they are looking for new Early Literacy activities to do with their child(ren). Chances are, these will become habits! Caregivers might even choose to swap their tips with others from time to time.