Storytime is an important part of childhood; for the memories that are created as well as the childs development and learning. whether it's a tale told out loud from a book, from memory or listening to an audiobook, there is nothing like the magic of a story.
Little One LOVES storytime. She's learned over time to listen and she loves to 'retell' it later in the day and talk about the characters. It's wonderful to see her imagination almost bursting out of her as she excitedly recalls parts of the story and decides what might happen next.
Baby Girl is only 10 months old but she has had books introduced into her playtime and bedtime since she was very tiny. She loves to listen to my voice, and watch as I turn the pages of the book - she is at the grabbing age so that bit's becoming a little more of a challenge, that that's all part of learning too.
I have recently been introduced to 'Bizzy the butterfly' stories. These audio stories are especially for babies and toddlers, and are perfect to listen to in the car, as part of a bedtime routine, or ...well, at anytime, really! In fact, as the story is very interactive you could incorporate it into a fun activity; movement or craft, are just a couple of ideas. The time of day dictates the 'activity' for us. In the night-time we have catapillar fingers and during the day we use our whole bodies to pretend we are the Creepy Crawly Co-operating Caterpillar. This weekend saw us looking for caterpillars in the garden, once we'd finished our storytime, and next weekend we plan to create a collage picture with colourful flowers, Bizzy the butterfly and the co-operating caterpillar. I'm looking forward to that, just as much as Little One!
The stories combine the spoken word with beautiful, gentle music and they provide young children with the opportunity to use and develop their imaginations whilst having fun. We were sent the audio story, 'Bizzy the Butterfly and the Creepy Crawly Co-operating Caterpillar’which is the first title in the ‘Bizzy the Butterfly’ set of audiobooks, and I have to say, as someone who is not a big fan of audiobooks in general, I loved it as much as the littlies did! It is absolutely perfect to listen to in the car, at bedtime or when you want the kiddies to unwind. As much as it is interactive, it's also a very soothing gentle story, Little One was found tapping her feet to the music, sucking her thumb and almost drifting off to sleep, the first time we listened. The narrator speaks with a gentle and soothing voice and I happily listen along with Little One and baby Girl.
This story is all about working together, helping each other, and 'co-operating' to achieve a goal. We love it, and can't wait for our next Bizzy the butterfly story!
The stories are available as audiobooks and ‘bookeos’ for you to download and enjoy with your child.
'Bookeos act like a video, but look like a book. They enhance the music and the story with the visual stimulus of added games and learning using the delightful illustrations.'
I adore the use of multimedia to create these stories. It brings a whole new dimension to story time, grabbing children's attention and keeping them engaged as they learn and sing along. Absolutely brilliant!
Bizzy the Butterfly also has a shop where you can buy all sorts of Bizzy the Butterfly goodies. For more information, visit www.bizzythebutterfly.co.uk
Disclosure: I was sent an audio story free of charge for review purposes. I have not been compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own.