SMMART READING: PLOT PICTURES
Many children’s books have free coloring pages available to print. Search the web to find your child’s favorite characters. This picture comes from http://www.littlecritter.com/color_book_page57.html, where there are a variety of activities for children from the Mercer Mayer book series.
Print a coloring page for your child to fill in with markers, crayons or watercolors.
As your child is painting, ask your child a few questions:
Where is the picture taking place?
What is happening in the picture?
How do you think Little Critter feels about what he is doing?
Do you think it’s a good idea to do this?
What is his mom thinking about?
How does the sister feel?
What will happen next?
Help your child explore the simple parts of a story: setting, plot, characters, themes.