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National Simultaneous Storytime

Annual event, National

Simultaneous Storytime aims
to promote reading and
literacy in early childhood and
primary school settings. This
event exposes children to
Australian childrens
literature. Children explore
specific themes that address
the learning areas in the
National Curriculum and
Early Learning Years
Australian Library and Information
Association (2014)

Types of Play


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Early Childhood Australia. (2010). Why play-based learning? Retrieved

Leong, D.J., & Bodrova, E. (2014). Building language & literacy through play.
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Lester, S. & Russell, S. (2008). Play for a change. Play policy and practice: A
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Advocacy, Leadership & Change in Early Childhood Group Assignment
Rondee Colebrook, Abegail Coleman, Emily Langley, & Amy Privileggio

Everyone can PLAY
Retrieved from Early Childhood Australia (2010)

Everyone Can Play!

Research has revealed the
significance of play in the
early stages of brain
development. According to
Lester and Russell (2008, p. 9)
play creates a brain that has
increased flexibility and
improved potential for
learning later in life and thus
it is important that children of
all ages are provided with
countless opportunities to
engage in play-based learning.
Play not only offers the
opportunity for children to
express creativity and develop
resilience but also offers
teachable moments that lead
to the development of
language and literacy skills
(Leong & Bodrova, 2014).

Activity 1
Art - Making Puppets
Children will create their own
elephant puppets in preparation for
activity two: Puppet Theatre.
Children will be provided with pre-cut
pieces: elephant face, ear, nose, google
eyes and paddle pop sticks. Children
exercise fine motor skills as they
assemble and create their elephant

Literacy development
Children engage in visual literacy as
they reflect on knowledge of what an
elephant looks like to assemble their
puppets. Children are exposed to oral
procedural text as they follow step-by-
step instructions to construct their

Activity 2
Puppet Theatre
Children use their elephant puppets to
role-pay and retell the story, Too
Many Elephants in this House. A
house constructed from recycled
materials (cardboard box) will set the
scene for the performance. Children
engage in guided play as they enact
the story.

Literacy development
Children model the role of text
participant as they make meaning
from the text. They recall the events of
the story and engage in role-play.
Children develop and enhance oral
literacy skills as they play
collaboratively with other children
and retell the story in their own