My prop suggestions to go with All Join In are all household objects; this means that you can tell the sensory story easily even during these stay-at-home times.
This is going to be the first in a series of series of suggestions for picture books that can be turned into multi-sensory stories using ordinary household objects. Like all my suggestions these are designed for reading to a child with complex additional needs, although many children will enjoy them!
All Join In by Quentin Blake is a joyful book guaranteed to cheer up even the gloomiest of days! Published by Red Fox, this book is widely available online.
It is made up of a series of rhyming poems. All of these are lovely to read aloud, and all include lots of engaging noises. Any of the noises can be improvised; be as loud and enthusiastic as possible! Clap and stamp along to the rhythm of the poems. Encourage siblings to join in!
Suggestions for props for some of the poems
Try adding a tactile element. If you have a massage roller you could roll this down the child’s arm when you get to the ‘Wheeee!’. Or simply run your hand down their arm. The ‘bump’ can be a loud clap.
Sorting out the Kitchen Pans
Get out a selection of pots and pans and wooden spoons. Join in with some gentle ‘ding dong bangs’ and then at the end go wild!
All Join In
Cleaning up the house: use dusters or scrubbing brushes. Encourage your child to help you with the ‘dusting’ etc.
Catch a mouse: use a squeaky toy if you have one. If you like you can put it in a bag and ‘squeak’ it in there (so that the look of it is not distracting). Or just stamp your feet on the floor to make running sounds and mime catching a mouse.
Tins of paint: Gently brush the back of your child’s hand with a paint brush.
Granny’s going to faint: Improvise a fan from a piece of paper and use this to fan Granny!
Chocolate fudge banana cake: ‘Mix’ an imaginary cake with a wooden spoon in a bowl and mime eating it.
Remember – not all of my props recommendations are toys! The props I suggest should not be used by children unsupervised.