The 2022 season of Story Path is officially over, but the fun doesn’t have to end. You can continue to encourage early literacy, physical activity, imagination, and adventure with your kids by making your own Story Path at home with just a few supplies.
What is Story Path?
Story Path is a fun way to promote reading and physical activity in young children. It’s a walking path lined with individual pages of a children’s book placed on different signs. This walking path is located in varying locations in Frederick.
Story Path is a great way to give your children’s minds and eyes a break from their screens and get them moving—two important steps of our 5-2-1-0 program! But unfortunately, because Story Path is an outdoor activity, it only runs from April to October each year.
So, what can you do when Story Path is over for the season, but your child still yearns for the adventure of a great story? You create your own!
What You’ll Need
Luckily, you don’t need many supplies for a DIY Story Path. It’s a great, low-cost activity for your family. You will need:
- A children’s book. This can be anything you want—try picking a topic your child is interested in or a subject they’re learning in school. It’s recommended that the book is between 10-20 pages. You can buy a physical book or print one out. There are plenty of free digital options available. Or if your child feels extra creative, encourage them to draw their own pages or write their own short story.
- Scissors or an X-Acto knife. If you have a physical book you’d like to use, you’ll need to cut out the pages. If you use an X-Acto knife, be sure to use a ruler to keep your cuts straight. And be careful! Don’t let the kiddos help with this step.
- You can use tape to secure your pages to trees, benches, walls, doors—anywhere along your Story Path!
Creating Your Story Path
Making your own Story Path is not an exact science, as it can be customized to your home, community, environment, or preferences. That’s the beauty of it—it’s all yours! Here are a few general guidelines:
- Cut, print out, or draw your pages. Be sure to keep them in order.
- Plan your route. This can be around your neighborhood, in your backyard, along a path in the woods, around the house, etc.
- Place your pages. Using tape, walk your route and place the pages in order from start to finish. Try to place each page at least 10 yards from the last. It’s a good idea to bring along a notebook and jot down where each page is, especially if you’re choosing a path that isn’t straight.
- Take your child to check it out!
Tip: If you’re creating a Story Path indoors where all the pages are relatively close together, try making your child complete a puzzle or exercise before moving to the next page. For example, after your child reads page one, have them answer a math question or do 10 jumping jacks before moving on to page two. You can alternate these mind and body exercises to help improve their mental and physical health in a fun way!
At the end of the day, your child will enjoy a fun story while getting physical activity and flexing their brain muscles. Plus, it’s an easy and fun activity for your whole family to enjoy!