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Customer Review – Green Bean's Colours Board Book by Anita Frost
It’s always wonderful to get feedback from our fans, and we absolutely love this brilliant review of our Green Bean’s Colours board book by Anne Pritchard.
“With a suggested reading age of babies and up to 6 year olds this beautiful board book utilises bold colours on every page which are specially designed to familiarise young children with everyday colours.
Within the book, Green Bean learns colours whilst using paints and there is a wonderful surprise for readers when Green Bean uncovers the painting at the end of the book.
The vibrant and engaging illustrations will help to stimulate young children’s imaginations and encourage curiosity as well as creativity, giving children an ideal starting point for developing their communication and understanding of the world around them. This is an ideal learning resource for teachers and parents.
The board book is ideal for small hands to hold and manage as well as being sturdy and resistant to damage through being dropped or thrown.
A box set of educational board books is available which includes Green Bean’s Colours, Green Bean’s Shapes and Green Bean’s Numbers, a perfect gift for a baby shower, a Christening or a birthday.
The book is ideal for babies, toddlers, pre-school children and Key Stage 1 pupils.”
Reviewed by Anne Pritchard – April 2022
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Telling stories is a fundamental part of being human. They help us to understand ourselves as well as the world around us, but also to broaden our minds, inspire our imaginations, and be entertained. But how does storytelling benefit children’s early years development?
There are several key ways in which telling stories helps children to learn key skills that will benefit them throughout their lives. One of the criteria for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework is being imaginative and expressive. This includes being able to invent, adapt and recount stories with other children as well as teachers.
Nurturing children’s creativity and enabling them to express themselves through a variety of activities helps build their confidence, developing key social skills and promoting good mental and physical health. In addition to this, thinking creatively and having an agile imagination enables them to find innovative solutions to problems and hone their analytical skills, which will be beneficial to their education and careers in later life.
Creating and then recounting stories helps children to make connections between abstract concepts, linking different ideas, places, people and events in their own lives to help understand the world around them. Storytelling can also help to connect past and present events, enabling children to gain an understanding of timelines and history, and how this relates to them.
Being able to combine different events within a narrative and link them together with meaning gives children valuable communication and interpersonal skills, helping them to express their ideas both verbally and in writing. These skills will be useful throughout their education and in the world of work.
With all of these benefits of storytelling for child development in mind, how can you encourage children to tell stories and develop these key skills?
Simply engaging in conversation by asking open ended questions like ‘what did you do at school today?’, or ‘can you remember what happened in the film we watched yesterday?’ can be a good place to start. Giving children the opportunity to recall past events and then discuss them helps to nurture their storytelling skills.
Get children thinking creatively and flexing their imaginations by choosing several objects and asking them to come up with a story that uses all of the objects. They can then try acting out their story using props and enjoying performing their creation to you.
Finally, one of the best ways to get children to develop their storytelling skills is by reading books with them. Whether you are reading out loud to them, listening to them reading books themselves, or they are beginning to read independently, exposing them to a wide range of stories will help to inspire their imaginations and engage in telling stories of their own.
Are there any other ways you can think of that storytelling benefits children? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Keep the conversation going by connecting with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
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