Written by: Jennifer Adams
Illustrated by: Alison Oliver
Bringing the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland to little ones is a great way to begin instilling a love of reading at a young age. Take a moment to look at the cover with your child and describe what it is that you see, as well as any elements that may catch your child's attention. If your child is too young to verbally respond, provide your own answers to questions.
What is on the cover?
Look, there are words in the cat's mouth! It says, "Alice in". There is also a word on his belly, it says, "Wonderland". "Alice in Wonderland" is the title of this book!
What color is the cat?
While a baby's babbling may seem insignificant, it is important to engage in "conversation" by listening and responding so that s/he can continue to understand how language and communication work.
As You Read
Since there is minimal text in this book, you can supplement the written text with verbal descriptions of the illustrations. Encourage your child to repeat certain words or sounds after you and allow him/her to engage with the book further by asking questions like, "Can you say CAT? Can you point to the CAT? Which bottle is the biggest? Which one is the smallest?"
A big component in this book is colors, so talk about the different colors in the story by asking, "What color is the frog? That's right! The frog is green. 'Green frog'." You can also point out the colors of the other things in the illustrations like RED COAT and WHITE BOWTIE.
Make connections within the story by examining the illustrations and discussing any elements that seem to catch your child's attention. After you read "Black Shoes", say, "Oh no! It looks like a girl has fallen into the rabbit hole! All we can see of her is her legs!" Also, point out details that you notice, like the writing on the rabbit's shirt and the Queen of Hearts' facial expression, asking your child how s/he thinks the queen is feeling. Happy? Surprised? Angry?
Summarize and Interpret
Talk to and/or with your child about the story and make your own comments if your child is not yet able to verbally respond.
Did you like that book?
Can you show me your favorite picture?
Which color is your favorite?
Extended Learning Exploration
Source: No Time For Flashcards
Supplies: different size, clear jars, food coloring, a turkey baster, water and a towel or thick place mat to put under the jars
This is a great way to explore different colors and what happens when they are mixed together in a very interactive way. If your child is too young to participate, you can demonstrate this activity while s/he looks on.
- Put water in each of the jars and let your child begin by transferring water between jars. Try not to add too much water, as your child may choose to pour the water out of the jar instead of using the baster, and you don't want the jar to be too heavy.
- Add blue food coloring to one jar and red food coloring to another, leaving another with just clear water. Talk about what colors your child sees and encourage him/her to combine the colors using the baster to see what will happen when they are mixed.
- Add whichever colors your child wants to the clear or colored jars and have fun mixing!
It may seem early to start teaching your child basic math skills, but here are some easy tips that can help you understand some of the concepts that your child may be able to comprehend based on his/her age. Check out this Child Development Tracker by PBS Parents. While every child is different, this may give you some insight into some of the things that you should expect as your little one continues to grow and learn!