Makaton sensory story times with Handmade Voices and East Riding Libraries

Mon, 16 Aug 2021

Makaton signed versions of popular children's stories will take place at East Riding Libraries this month, with the chance for children with additional or communication challenges - or with an interest in Makaton - to explore the stories through sensory play.

The stories will be shared by Emma from www.handmadevoices.co.uk and shall take place at the following:

  • Hornsea Hub - Monday, 16 August, 10.30-11.30am - We're Going on a Bear Hunt.
  • North Bridlington Library - Tuesday, 17 August, 11am-12noon - Dear Zoo.
  • Beverley Library - Wednesday, 18 August, 2.30-3.30pm - Brown Bear Brown Bear.
  • Cottingham Library - Tuesday, 31 August, 2-3pm - Monkey Puzzle.

Please book one FREE ticket per child. There is no need to book a ticket for adults but due to space availability, only one adult per child at the venues would be ideal.

The event is part of the Holiday and Activities Programme for children who receive free school meals, but is open to all children in the East Riding.

To book a place you will need to register an account on the Holiday Activities and Food booking site, from www.eastridinglibraries.co.uk

In addition to the story time sessions, there is an opportunity to learn to sign Makaton, with free Zoom taster sessions for adults.

If you would like to learn Makaton but are not yet ready for a full course, or you would like to refresh some of your signs, then free Zoom taster sessions commissioned by East Riding Libraries, and delivered by Handmadevoices.co.uk could be for you.

Each free taster session lasts for 90 minutes and will cover a core set of signs and symbols from the Makaton Core Vocabulary, along with an additional selection of signs and symbols based on taster sessions themes.

Session participants can practice using these signs as they read the chosen book - so please bring your copy of the book with you to the session.

The sessions are:

  • Animals and Emotions with Dear Zoo, Tuesday, 17 August, 7.30-9pm
  • Colours and Animals with Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Wednesday, 18 August, 7.30-9pm

No previous knowledge or experience of Makaton is required and to book, please visit www.handmadevoices.co.uk

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