We’ve Read the Book, Now What? (Beyond Reading)


Many parents find it difficult to get their child to read because of the misconception that a book is meant only to be read. And that reading benefits only a child’s literacy skills such as reading and writing.

Actually, books and reading in general contribute to the development of children in so many ways. In the process of reading, skills such as critical thinking, memory, and focus are developed. After reading, additional skills can be enhanced such as  creativity, hand-eye coordination and motor skills, especially when children engage in activities related to the book just read.

Here are some of these activities.

1. Arts and Crafts

Arts and crafts make up probably the  most common type of activity. Develop not only the creativity of children but also focus, patience, and fine motor skills as they draw, mold, cut, paste, fold, string together, and paint a wide variety of materials, found objects, and even recyclables. Arts and crafts encourage self-expression while developing a genuine love for reading.

Sample story:  Si Pagong at Si Matsing

Activity: Making Handprint Animals

2. Science Experiments

Working on simple scientific experiments provides children the opportunities  to explore and discover things on their own without fear of making mistakes and failure. It cultivates not only their critical thinking skills but also creativity  in coming up with different solutions and overcoming challenges.

Sample story:  A Thirsty Sparrow

Activity: Rising Water Experiment

3. Music and Movement

Singing songs, doing actions and movements, and creating musical instruments are also alternative ways of extending the reading experience. Such activities promote physical development involving coordination, motor skills, and balance. They also engage  children’s imagination and enhance their language development, memory, and focus.

Sample story:  Chenelyn! Chenelyn!

Activity: Making Homemade Musical Instruments

4. Games

Numerous studies have shown that play-based activities and games are crucial to children’s overall development. Learning through play has an important role in children’s cognitive and socio-emotional development. It offers opportunities for children to use their imagination and creativity as well as develop their self-esteem, independence, and sense of responsibility.

Sample story:  Ano’ng Gupit Natin Ngayon?

Activity: Community Helpers Bingo Game

5. Cooking

In cooking, children not only learn basic life skills but also the practical application of academic skills such as reading, math, and science. Cooking also gives family members  opportunities for interaction, communication, and connection.

Sample story: Haluhalo Espesyal  

Activity: Making Haluhalo

6. Mini Inquiry Projects

Activities that encourage children to explore and discover things around them help them gain a better  understanding about the world they live in. Allowing them to question, identify, and solve problems about their surroundings develops their critical thinking, creativity and communication.

Sample story:  Ang Kamatis ni Peles

Activity: Seed Survey

7. Physical Play

Being active and engaging in various physical activities not only contribute to the development of  healthy children but also improve their motor skills, concentration, hand-eye coordination, and social skills.

Sample story:  Mario’s Special Day

Activity: Animal Walks (Yoga for Kids)



About the Author

Jeanne Christine Ramos-Co is an education consultant and teacher. She earned her teaching degree from the University of the Philippines and has been teaching children in preschool and the early grades for the past 12 years. She has also conducted workshops and trainings for school principals, teachers, health workers, and mothers.

Teacher Jeanne