“The book is fun on its’ own and when you bring the resources into the story the children really loved it. Good focus on senses, imagination and multi-cultural. I used it to support a child’s next steps, as their interest was about animals and I used this resource to support moving them on, thinking about their senses, imagination and real life experience.
I used the Sensory tale for small group activities, music and movement, story time, Senco support and as a free choice activity. It really helped include the child with special needs. The finger puppets were a good visual aid and he loved the thunder drum. As did the rest of the boys in the class who wanted to take it home! This resource is really special because the visual aids are things the children wouldn’t usually come across. The thunder drum was brilliant to use for us adults let alone the children! Thank you and keep up the good work.”
“I used this with two and three year olds in a session and really liked the end section of the book and Activity Booklet which gave great ideas and a clear focus for learning and development. I used the props as I went through the story. When we turned over the page to the frogs, I used the frog twirler and we all had to be quiet and listen carefully. They when then excited to turn over the page and see what other props there were. It was exciting to learn about new animals and the children were very curious about the animals. At the end, the children wanted to listen to the story again. All the children enjoyed listening to the story and interacting with the excellent props. All the children enjoyed the resources and responded really well. We would definitely use the resources again, they’re absolutely brilliant. Other staff liked the story because it was completely different to other stories that we have. Stories like The Gruffalo are great but as the story was new for the children and brand new for adults too, it made it really quite exciting. They also found it great for sustained shared thinking on topics like animals, the Rainforest as an illustration for the children, for information retrieval and extending knowledge. Fantastic!”
“We have used ‘We’re Roaming in the Rainforest’, to build a curriculum around between January and Easter. The children have enjoyed what we did.
Being a pre-school, we haven't read many of the story facts with the children, but have talked about the different areas. We have, however, used several of the ideas from the activity cards and added our own.
We made a collage parrot with lots of feathers and a white, pink, red, yellow, orange, green, blue and purple parrots as display for learning colours; we made a forestry area outside; thinking about the sounds in the rainforest all children devised a musical instrument shaker, a tambourine or a wooden spoon with beads. We made a clay spider, sponge painted a spiders web on a paper plate through a stencil and the children used lentils, straw and other sensory 3D items to collage onto a cut out crocodile and made a jaguar mask which the children loved.
Using books like yours helps give different slants to the curriculum and keeps it fresh and interesting for staff and children.”
“I have used the resource with a five month old baby, twelve month old baby, eighteen month old baby and a four year old at both a children’s centre and in a home environment.
The guidance card included provides an excellent source with regards to learning and development. It is clear in how this product can be used throughout the curriculum. It is a fun way of learning and the children enjoy being involved in the story and therefore it encourages further learning, a fascination with the world around them.
I have used it with a four year and a one year old together and it was great to have a product that interested both of them. An example might be reading the book slowly, page by page introducing one of the objects after a few pages. One of the objects is a spiders web however both children simply sat and explored this object as they didn’t know what it was which became a mystery to them. The thunderdum has been the object of most interest, the one year old watched the four year old as to how to make the noise and then did it for herself which was an achievement in itself and lovely to watch the play together. The imagery in the books means that both children insisted on turning the pages to see what else there was to look at. The four year old counted and identified any animals that he knew.
To be honest I was surprised that the one year old listened and interacted with the story till the end. Now she has found her feet she doesn’t stick around for very long but this product has kept her entertained. I also think that the vocabulary used in the book is interesting as I find myself emphasising the pronunciation and as Grace likes to babble I can see her focusing her eyes on my mouth as I talk and she tries to copy my mouth movements, encouraging her speech I guess.
What makes this resource special is that it is inclusive for so many children. To be able to use one product with different ages and different subjects means that in a nursery, you can use the musical instruments and imagery with the babies to look at, feel the object on their arms and use the same product with the pre-schoolers in so many ways. I know from a parents perspective, it’s something that can be used as my baby grows and be used in a slightly different way. It is great that any child could access the product and that’s what makes it so magical.”