Our beloved Poppy puppet is the star of a newly-published series of Makaton signed stories. Using our 20+ years of personal and professional experience, we’ve created a unique set of books to help you and your child learn Makaton in a fun, child-centred way. You all know we are fans of doing this via rhymes & songs but we love doing the same through books and stories too.
What are the books about?
Poppy (along with friends Jack, Zack and Lola) will feature in our illustrated stories about going to the farm, the Zoo, the shops, the seaside and many other adventures. There will be a set of activity books to learn colours, the fingerspelling alphabet, counting, months and seasons. In addition, there will be a ‘Get started’ series of books within the range featuring around themes such as I see, I hear, I feel, I can, I go, and I like which feature a simple repetitive phrase format.
The books are full of all the vocabulary you’ll want to have at your fingertips – signs for toys, farm animals, jungle animals, bath time, bedtime, minibeasts, people who help us, going out and about and much more.
There are a WHOPPING 13 titles being released in June 2023, with a further 14 being released from July 2023 through to Spring 2024.
How can I learn all the signs for the story?
Each book will have a QR code inside for you to scan which will take you to a signing video to help you pre-learn all the signs you need for the story. The videos are presented by the two of us.
The videos will equip parents, carers, and other professionals, with the signs for the story.
We are all too aware that knowing what and how to sign is so often the barrier to picking up a book and signing with your little one. Our combined approach of a bespoke signing video with an illustrated book will help you master the necessary Makaton skills to support your child’s communication and literacy development.