On February 16, 2015 we launched Storybook Story Stroll at Storybook Gardens. We are a park that is rich with literacy connections and the Story Stroll was a natural fit. The project was supported by the Child and Youth Network and Family Centre Westmount which helped make this project possible.
On the first day it was amazing to see children engaged in literacy while exploring our Story Stroll and enjoying the interactive features unique to our park. With storybooks that lend themselves so well to our enchanted environment it makes the book come to life. For our Family Day launch we used the book “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. Along with the storybook children were able to see and touch the animals in the story and see the mitten grow in size. These simple features made the story more interesting, evoked their sense of touch and helped children connect with the story. For future stories our plan is to incorporate the use of music adding another layer to the experience.
Our next Story Stroll will be showcasing another Jan Brett story, “The Easter Egg”. We encourage families to dress up for our Easter Party and EGG Hunt on April 3rd and enjoy Easter music and activities throughout the park. To make this Story Stroll engaging for children the story pages will be linked using yarn and an Easter egg garland encouraging children to follow the eggs to the next page of the story. The story doesn’t end here, now it is the children’s turn to find Easter eggs and search the park for 10 eggs to trade in for a cotton tail candy floss treat!
We will continue to showcase new story books each season and during special events. For more information about our Story Stoll and Storybook Gardens visit our website at www.storybook.london.ca.
Program Supervisor, Storybook Gardens
Have a Fairytale Day!