Children are never too young to be introduced to books. Right from day one you can enjoy reading stories to your baby, and as they develop begin to share the bright pictures. There are brilliant books available made from all sorts of materials, from soft fabrics to waterproof plastics suitable for all ages. As your child grows you can encourage reading through playful activities, supporting the work you’re casually putting in with the books through play and educational toys.
Tips to Encourage Young Readers
1. Make reading fun and comforting. Looking through books is the perfect time to enjoy a cuddle. Sit together and enjoy the book together rather than putting the book in their hand and leaving your child to ‘play’ alone.
2. Make books very easily accessible so your child can pick them up at any time. Include books in the toy box so an association is made between fun and reading.
3. Repetition is a great thing especially when supporting learning so don’t feel you need to constantly replace old books with new ones.
4. Don’t feel like you need to stick to reading what is written on the page. Discuss the characters, the pictures and make the sounds of creatures or objects that can be seen.
5. Use toys to recreate the story, or make your own story after being inspired by a book.
6. Look for fun books that include sounds and pop up pictures.
7. Point out words and move your finger along the lines.
8. Reading books should never feel like a chore.
9. Don’t feel pressure to make your child learn to read.
10. Enjoy the time together exploring books and encourage love for letters, pictures, words and stories.
There are some wonderful toys that can help to support learning to read. We love the Peppa Pig’s Learning Frame found on our online store here at GB Toys. Suitable for children aged 3 and up it’s a brilliant way to start focusing on individual letter sounds and phonics before heading on to more structured learning when your child starts school.
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