A Bridlington child-minder has launched a community projects that helps small children learn about caring and increase their reading skills and awareness of books.
The Adopt-a-Pet scheme is the idea of Kate Batten who takes in stuffed cuddly toy animals, cleans, fluffs them up and recycles them.
“Adopt a Pet is a cleverly designed project to teach small children to love and care for animals – with the bonus of placing more books and reading into their lives. When a child picks a free ‘pet ‘from us to take home with along with a book, we hope to encourage them to read to their pet each day.” explained Kate.
By creating this community-based project, Kate hopes to place more books, generate a love for animals and help children gain a love for reading back into the community. She has already set up a stall outside her home on Burstall Hill in Bridlington and had several youngsters visiting and borrowing books and their new ‘pets’.
“I also want to create Little Community Heroes, which will involve the children donating their soft toy animals and help by giving them out to other children.”
“This way, it is also teaching kids to give to others and becoming a mini-hero by doing it.” added Kate.
Each child who has adopted the pet needs to stick to three basic needs of the new pet in their life
1: Love me
2: Cuddle me at night
3: Read to me for 20 minutes daily
All books and pets selected for adoption are recycled – with donations or purchases coming from partner charity resource suppliers Real Aid who are based in Bridlington.
Pictured is Kate Batten, along with Kacie Lou (6), Harry (4) and George 5.