The Children’s Bookshelf: Extending a book through small world and sensory play

It’s Monday, which means, along with What Do We Do All Day?, No Twiddle Twaddle, Smiling Like Sunshine, Mommy and Me Book Club, and Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns, we bring you another edition of The Children’s Bookshelf.

The Children’s Bookshelf gives bloggers the chance to link up any book or reading related post, so that we have a collection of amazing posts in one place that help us inspire a love of reading in our children.

So many wonderful books and ideas were shared last week, but the ones that captured my attention all seemed to follow a theme: extending a book through sensory play.

Featured Post of the week:

One Perfect Day: Lost and Found: Small World Play

I know readers of My Little Bookcase just love Oliver Jeffers, which is really why I picked this post to feature this week. Ness and her son have created a wonderful small world based on Lost and Found.

It allows children to think about the story, characters, events and illustrations as they construct the small world. Once the small world is finished they can re-tell the story and also extend it beyond the final page.

Also well worth a visit and a read are:

Mommy and Me Bookclub: Charlotte’s Web Sensory Bin

Charlotte’s Web is such a much-loved classic. I think this  sensory tub would be particularly great for children who are just being introduced to ‘chapter books’.

Penpals and Picture Books: Bone Soup and Garden Soup

Robyn shares one of her children’s favourite outdoor activities in this post: creating weird and wonderful concoctions with garden products.

So if you have a children’s book or reading related post you’d like to share, please consider joining The Children’s Bookshelf Linky Party:

How to join:

  • Link up your children’s book related posts. We love posts about book news, reviews, reading tips or any other book related items you think will be of special interest to parents.
  • Consider adding The Children’s Bookshelf button or text link to your post to let others know where the book party is. You can grab the code from the box underneath the button below. Click the text, copy it and paste it in the HTML of your post.
  • PLEASE Visit at least THREE other posts and share your comments. We want this to be an interactive community of book lovers.
  • By linking up you are giving permission for any of the co-hosts to pin and/or feature your photo on a future The Children’s Bookshelf post.

The Children’s Bookshelf: Extending a book through small world and sensory play


  1. I love coming and getting inspired by this wonderful linky ~ I adored Charlotte’s web when I was younger, thanks for the reminder!

  2. Great features this week. I’ve linked up a book activity, however, this week it’s not a reading one! Hope it’s ok :)

  3. Jackie thank you so much for featuring our Lost and Found small world post. It made my day to see this and I’m honored to be included with Mommy and Me Book Club and Pen Pals and Picture Books – two of my absolute favourite blogs!

  4. Jackie! You’ve brightened my day- thanks so much for the feature! I

  5. Oh, the Charlotte’s Web sensory bin in adorable. I was thinking of introducing my daughter to Charlotte’s Web but she’s not yet three. Do you think that’s too young?

    p.s. the link to the Charlotte’s Web Sensory bin didn’t work.

  6. I have just been going through the links here, some great posts and I love all your features. I have linked a post up as I used a book as my inspiration behind an activity for the kids. If it does not follow your linky guidelines please delete.

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