Written by:Salina Yoon
Explore and Discover
Look through this kaleidoscope to discover all of the shapes and colors this book has to offer. Begin by taking a moment to draw attention to different elements in the cover and illustrations. Talk to your child using the following prompts and questions:
Have you seen a kaleidoscope before? Let's look through it. What do you see? I see...
Each letter is a different color in "Kaleidoscope". The E is green. This is a K. What color is the K?
"Look inside to see COLORS collide." What colors do you think we will see? I think we will see...
As You Read
Using the Kaleidoscope
It is up to you if you'd like to use the kaleidoscope on your first read-though or use it for subsequent readings. Whether it is looking through the kaleidoscope for each page on your first reading or choosing to examine each image after you've read the book once through, just be sure that you are incorporating it in some manner and that you are talking about what you see through it. This will give your child a whole new reading experience and allow him/her to get more hands on at storytime.
Build your child's vocabulary by describing each element in the illustrations. Although s/he may not be able to speak, this exposure to new words will help create the building blocks that your child needs for literacy development. Start off by emphasizing the rhyme in the text and then add short commentary like "Look, it's nighttime in this picture. This is a telescope that people can use to look at and examine things that are very far away, like the stars."
Also describe how the text relates to the real world. After reading, "Icy whispers, silent whirling." you can say something along the lines of "In this picture, what do you see? I see snow and trees. In the winter, it is very chilly, so we have to wear warm clothes like jackets, gloves and hats! I wonder what we will see next!"
Asking questions is a helpful way to encourage your child to think about what s/he has just experienced, so ask about the book. For little ones, you can ask questions and then provide the answers yourself. Questions and prompts might include:
Did you like that book? Which picture was your favorite?
Let's go back and find...
Use the kaleidoscope to look at the world around you, at things both close up and far away. Have your child describe what s/he sees or describe it yourself.
Extending the Story
Create your own pinwheel by following these directions and watch your little one get exited as the colors spin and blur together. This would work best with multicolored paper or a piece of white paper colored with different colors. This activity will also teach your child about cause and effect, as s/he blows on the pinwheel and causes the pinwheel to spin (or sees you do it yourself). You can also take it outside and let the wind do the work for you.