If you are looking for some cool reading games for your kids to make reading activities for them more fun, give the story Bright Stanley a chance by Matt Buckingham. In this story, Stanley the fish gets lost from his school so he goes on an adventure in the ocean in search of his friends. He has some scary moments along the way, but in the end, he is reunited once again. This story is not only entertaining, it is also a chance to engage in some educational and enriching activities with your kids. Take a look below at a few activities you can try to further enjoy and understand the book Bright Stanley.
1. Shiny Scavenger Hunt
Stanley looked for shiny things in the ocean in hope that it would be where he’d find his friends. Go on a shiny object scavenger hunt in your own home where you look for objects with some glitz. Make a list of all of the shiny objects you find such as coins, mirrors, metal railings, etc.
2. Partner Share
Pair up with your child or have them pair up with a friend and read the text again. Have them each share a time that they felt scared, frightened, or lost like Stanley. Speaking with a partner about this moment will be a lot less intimidating than with a crowd. Allow them time to reflect on this scary moment and how it made them feel.
3. Is Under the Sea for Me?
Give each child a piece of paper and some crayons. Have them pretend for a moment that they are Stanley under the ocean. Ask them to draw a picture of what they see from his perspective. Are there fish and lots of colors? Or is it dark with sharks? Is their coral? Schools of fish? Have them draw in detail what the view looks like. Allow time to share when done.
4. Vocabulary Flip Book
On index cards write down some of the trickier words in the book. Take the time to define these words together. Draw a small illustration next to the word as well for easy reference. Then, use a clip or staple to gather the book together. This flip book will be great to consult later. Such words you may wish to use can be: jellyfish, reflection, pearl, snarled, and lobster.
5. What comes next?
Stanley’s friends were so happy to see him, but then what? Try to think about what they may have said to Stanley next or what Stanley may have said to them. Write a brief dialogue together of what the conversation and next couple pages of the book may have looked like.
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6. Counting Goldfish
Pour out a bag of goldfish crackers (Just like Stanley is!) and use them as counters for math. Practice basic math concepts such as addition and subtraction using the fish as an aid. When done, they also make a great snack of course.
7. Let’s Get Shiny
Grab a roll of tinfoil and allow the children to cut out small circles and make their own scales. They can either then dress up themselves or a stuffed animal with the shimmering scales. You can even hold a contest, and see who can make the coolest fish out of the tinfoil material.
See how this cool reading game makes it easy to dive further into the book in a way that is fun and educational? Give Bright Stanley a try and see what lessons you can learn!