New Pajanimals board books and plush toys help bring stories to life for preschoolers. See how I received my own Pajanimal board book and toy for review and used it to help my daughter become an engaged reader. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.
Have you ever read a book that just really came alive for you? I love enjoying a good book and have read many stories that have made me feel like I am right there in the middle of the story. Its those books that I just don’t want to get to that last page, because the characters have become close friends with me, and I. know reaching the end will be like saying goodbye to them.
As a mom of two young children, I want to help my kids develop that kind of relationship with reading. I want them to know that they can experience being pirates on a treasure island, explores in the jungle or astronauts in outer space just by opening the pages of a well loved book.
As a preschool teacher, I have learned that one of the best times to foster this type of experience is during the early childhood years. However, I also know that it can be a challenging to get an active preschooler to sit through an entire story.
For this reason, I was really excited to learn more about the new Pajanimals Board Book series. These adorable board books feature characters that your child may already be familiar with from the newest Jim Henson show the Pajanimals which airs daily on Sprout or Saturday mornings on NBC. Each story helps children learn to resolve conflicts as their Pajanimals friends experience and solve problems unique to preschools in their own fun “Pajanimal” way!
My favorite feature is that some of the books are “sticker stories”. In these books each page has a few spots to stick in reusable “window-cling” style stickers that come with the book. I read, “Sweet Pea Sue Makes a New Friend” with my 2 year old daughter and it was so fun to let her actually be a part of the reading experience by letting her find and arrange the stickers in the book. I think that it adds another dimension to the story, that I feel not only grasps her attention,but also allows her to experience the story rather then just hearing it.
Another way that I like to help children experience a story rather just hearing it, is by acting out the story with a puppet or favorite stuffed animal. I enjoy doing this in my own family as well as with my preschool classes, because I love seeing the look on a child’s face when they see the story coming to life for them. It is especially fun when I have a stuffed animal that is an actual character from the story!
For this reason, I was really excited to learn that along with their board book series, plush “Pajanimals Pals” by TOMY will be released this Fall and Holiday Season (available at Amazon.com and Walmart.com)
I was lucky enough to preview the “Sweet Pea Sue” Pajanimal Pal and she was adorable! She is a plush animal head attached to silky blanket body, which makes it fun for little hands to cuddle with. The blanket feature also made it easy to use our Sweet Pea Sue as a puppet to help us act out the story as we read the board book. My daughter loved every minute of it, and between the stickers and “puppet” she was thoroughly engaged in the story.
To help parents find more ideas for helping make stories come to life for their children, Jim Henson Company and the Pajanimals have partnered with the Association of American Publishers (AAP) in their “get caught reading” campaign. You can visit their website Get Caught Reading, for more information, tips, and to order a free Pajanimals “get caught reading” poster (just pay shipping).
Now for a giveaway! One lucky reader will win the same Pajanimals board book for their little one! To enter, leave a comment below with who you would like to gift this book to and why. Giveaway will end at 11:59pm October 1st.
Leanne Cox is a guest writer for CleverHousewife.com. She is a stay-at-home mom to two kids, and a credentialed preschool teacher. Leanne teaches “mommy-and-me” and “preschool style” music & movement classes through her business “Little Stars Music & Movement Classes” . She is passionate about encouraging early childhood education through hands on learning and exploration