10 seats, 10 stories, 10 parks…
Sunshine Coast Council have designed and constructed 10 innovative Story Seats, located in 10 of the Coast’s most stunning local parks, and have incorporated 10 fabulous children’s stories into the seats’ designs.
These eye-catching pieces of art have been purpose-built with the intention to promote the importance of reading with your child and offer spaces that actively encourage you to talk, read, sing and play with your child every day.
Story Seats have been funded by First 5 Forever, a Queensland State Government funded universal family literacy program aimed at supporting strong language and literacy environments for young children from 0–5 years and their families.
Tips when visiting the seats:
TALK: Have a conversation with your child about the seat, the graphics and the characters. Ask them questions about what they think the characters are doing, what their names are, how do they think the book would end? Talk about everything and anything! Your little one is bursting with new ideas and questions and loves to talk to you.
READ: If you happen to bring a book, great! If not, use the graphics on the seat to aid in early literacy by helping your child read the text, count the characters and point out colours. Make up stories about the images or what they think will happen next.
SING: Create silly songs about the book using the images or words on the graphics. Sing nursery rhymes your child loves. Sing any song your child loves! Singing is one of the best ways for developing sound awareness skills in your little one that will ultimately help them be successful in learning to read.
PLAY: As a parent/caregiver you are your child’s first and most important play mate. Play tag around the seat or use the images on the seat to help make up games. Josephine is a dancing kangaroo… make up dance moves. Mad Magpie loves to swoop and fly…spend some time swooping around the park or lie next to each other on the grass and see how many birds you can count. Let your child make up games and join in with them.
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Story Seat map
Map of all ten story seats
Bertha and bear
Kenilworth Town Park, Kenilworth
Home in the rain
Maroochy Lions Park,
I’m a dirty dinosaur
Josephine wants to dance
Jump and shout
Brightwater Community Lake Park,
Power Memorial Park,
The big fish
Shelly Beach Park, Shelly Beach