What is your favorite place? Is it at home? Is it nearby? Or is it far away from home? You could share with one another: What your special place is, what you like about it, and what makes it special to you.
You can find good things everywhere; every place has some grace. Take turns choosing a place, whether near or far, in Israel or elsewhere, real or imaginary, and having the other participants ask questions about it to discover what makes it so wonderful.
What is happening near your home? Go on a short walk outside, and try to find out how you could do good in your own surroundings: How about picking up wastepaper and placing it in the recycling receptacle? Or offering people waiting at the bus station a drink of water? Or setting up a street library with your neighbors?
האיור מאפשר לקוראים הצעירים להיחשף לאָמָּנות, ולהכיר עולמות חדשים שמוסיפים לסיפור הכתוב ולפעמים מספרים סיפור נוסף ואחר מזה המסופר במילים. בזמן קריאת ספר כדאי להביט יחד באיורים, לעצור את שטף הקריאה, להביט פעם נוספת, ולתת לילדים ולילדות למצוא פרטים מיוחדים שמדברים אל לִבם.
דובון מנסה לעזור לצמח שלו, הוא דואג לו ומטפל בו. אפשר לשוחח ביחד ולשתף – למי אתם דואגים? במי אתם מטפלים? – בחיית מחמד? בבובה? בעציץ אהוב ואולי באח קטן? – מה אתם עושים כדי לטפל בהם? האם קרה לכם שהטיפול לא עזר כפי שתכננתם, אבל הדברים הסתדרו באופן שלא ציפיתם?
מה רואים כשיושבים על הספה? ומה כשעומדים באמצע החדר? או כשזוחלים מתחת לשולחן? – בכל סבב אחד מבני המשפחה בוחר מקום וממנו רואה את החדר: מה מושך את תשומת הלב שלו? האם הוא רואה פרטים שאחרים לא יכולים לראות?
To make family reading enjoyable, and encourage children to read, we should choose books to which children relate and explore topics in which they are interested. Some prefer a piece of fiction, while others would want to read a story that “once was”. Whatever their favorite book may be, it would encourage them to enjoy books, while helping them to develop their imagination and creativity.
You too could look for items that remind you of past experiences: A family photo, gift you have received, or item associated with an experience you have had. Take turns introducing the object of your choice and sharing a memory relating to it.
Are you interested in making a machine of your own? You can gather some boxes, fabrics, crates and old toys to build your very own machine. You can plan what it would do and look like together, or simply build it and discover its attributes as you go along.
Many of the illustrations in this book depict machines. Perhaps you would enjoy leafing through them and finding illustrations of machines and machine parts – Can you tell what each of them does? Perhaps you could be inspired by the part you found to invent a new machine, and imagine what it is capable of doing.
What can we do when we encounter a problem? You may want to share incidents with your children in which you, parents, have encountered a problem. Try to think back to how you felt, think of possible solutions together, and then tell them how you solved the problem.
The dwarves planted mushrooms and sang “all the songs they knew”. You too can sing your favorite songs together. Perhaps you’ll sing about dwarves, or rain, or songs that cheer you up and make you smile.
Take turns pretending to be one of the dwarves that appear in this book: The one with the umbrella, the one planting a mushroom, or the one jumping into puddles. The other players will try to guess what the dwarf is doing and find it in the book.
While reading, it is useful to include the hands on each page, follow their path and imitating their movements. Parents and toddlers can do this together: “walk” the hand on fingertips, make the hand jump, knock on the door in the picture, and be active readers throughout the entire book.
It’s so much fun to play with hands! Each and every one in turn makes a certain movement, and the rest of the participants imitate it. You can clap your hands, wave hello or goodbye, signal for “quiet” or fly!
Who has a small hand? Who has a large hand? Each family member is invited to place their hand on a sheet of paper. You, the parent, will draw the contours of the hands, and the toddlers will decorate and paint. The picture of all the hands can be kept as a memento, and you can also repeat the activity year after year and see what has changed.
You can sing songs accompanied by hand movements, such as “I have ten fingers” or “My hat has three corners.” It’s a good idea to add hand gestures to your singing, and you can add finger movements to other favorite songs. Have fun!