We love the idea that Big W is giving away free children’s books.¬†Study after study shows that children who grow up with more books in their homes have better language and literacy skills.

What we can do to help is to prepare some fun activities and helpful resources so that your child can get the most out of this offer.

Week 5:
May Gibbs Tales from the Bush
by May Gibbs

In these classic Australian children’s stories, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie are good friends. They are also great at making friends and being friends. In this book there are three stories where we read about just that. To go along with the book, we have designed some activities to help children learn about being a good friend.¬†

Just click to download the PDF and print it out.

Village Therapy - May Gibbs

Village Therapy - May Gibbs

Week 4:
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Mozzie
by P. Crumble and Louis Shea

Many children have difficulty saying the letter ‘s’, so this week we have put together some ideas so parents and carers can help their child with this using the latest book. We’ve also included a Snakes and Ladders game focusing on that letter..

Just click to download the PDF and print it out.

Village Therapy - There Was An Old Lady

Village Therapy - There Was An Old Lady

Week 3:
If You're Happy and You Know It
by P. Crumble and Chris Kennett

This week, Caitlin Grima (one of our talented Speech Pathologists) has created a fun list of activities that you can use on every page of this book.

Just click to download the PDF and print it out.

Happy - Village Therapy

Happy - Village Therapy

Week 2:
10 Silly Wombats
by Ed Allen and Andrea Edmunds

Speech Pathologist Caitlin Grima has created a fun page-by-page list of activities to use with ’10 Silly Wombats’.

Just click to download the PDF and print it out.

10 Silly Wombats - Village Therapy

10 Silly Wombats - Village Therapy

Week 1:
Hush Little Possum
by P. Crumble

Speech Pathologist Emily Jackson has created an Aided Language Display (ALD) to use with ‘Hush Little Possum’.

Just click to download the PDF and print it out.

Hush Little Possum - Village Therapy

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Here's a link to how you can use Aided Language Displays to help your child to communicate. You pointing at the symbols helps your child understand and extend their language.

Here's Emily demonstrating how you can use the Aided Language Display with 'Hush Little Possum' to help your child learn to communicate.

You point at the symbols as you talk about the book to your child.