If your toddler is at all like Veronika, then a) any lift-the-flap books you have in the house are dearly loved and b) the flaps have all been torn apart! Here’s a simple hack to make your own lift the flap book. All you need are post-its and board books.
Any kind of “First Words” book works particularly well for this game since there are lots of individual pictures to cover up. Technically, though, you could play it with any book on your child’s shelf!
For variety, I left some of the post-it notes as full squares, and cut others into smaller squares or rectangles.
Now simply let your child turn the pages (working those fine motor skills) and talk about the pictures he or she discovers as each post-it is ripped off (working those language skills)!
A note of caution: You might want to avoid books that make noises. Veronika was so sidetracked by a cat meowing that she lost interest in the flaps for a while!
But once she discovered the post-it notes could be pulled off, they were a hit.
Plus she figured out they could double as “stickers“.
This was a simple and novel way to engage a reluctant reader at storytime, and I highly recommend it.