Encourage a consistent bedtime routine including shared stories before bed.
Reading helps your child’s wellbeing, develops imagination and has educational benefits too. Just a few minutes a day can have a big impact on children of all ages.
Read to your child every day. It is a wonderful time to cuddle up and enjoy the wonderful world of stories. Stories matter and children love re-reading them and talking about the pictures and characters. Add props and different voices to bring the story to life.
Try reading different materials and add these to different areas of the home. For example, read a magazine, a recipe when cooking, a shopping list, a secret code, a clue on a treasure hunt, a poem, a non fiction book to learn more about their favourite animal, a story, an instruction when playing a game.....
The possibilities are endless.
Life can be busy but prioritising time to share books together can be calming for all members of the family. Children will mirror what they see, so watching you enjoy stories and books is hugely important.
Find or make a comfy reading area, snuggled on the sofa, in a duvet, on a beanbag. Reading doesn't need to be formal. Why not try finding how many different places you can share a book or the most exciting/unusual?
Library's have some fantastic books and great activities. Don't forget the Summer reading challenge.
Talk about the front cover or blurb and make predictions. Ask them what they think of the story and if they would change anything, perhaps they could create an alternative ending? Talk about how the book makes you/them feel and if they remember anything similar.
Play games with stories, pretend to be characters, make different voices, use teddies.
Try using reading in everyday routines such as cooking, shopping or daily walks.
Play games that involve making connections between pictures, objects and words, such as reading about an object and finding similar things in your home or going on a treasure hunt.