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Engaging Reading Activities for Kids

World Book Day is on March 7th of this year, and it’s a day where kids get to celebrate their favorite authors and illustrators who bring stories alive. These stories are much loved, but we tend to celebrate only once a year. Reading is something that needs to be encouraged all year long, and while we may not get our kids dressed up as their most-loved characters to go to school in every day, there are many more activities related to books to keep them engaged in literature and interested in reading. Here are some of our favorites.

For Babies

There really is no time that’s too early to start reading to your little one. Babies love listening to their parents’ voices, as it’s comforting to them. Let them play with age-appropriate books that are colorful and full of fun things to do and look at. Sensory books are the best as it engages them, such as the classic Pat the Bunny with plenty of textures to play with.

Reading time should be kept brief but done daily. The more you take time to read, your baby will associate books with your voice and closeness to you. They’re also starting to develop language skills just by listening, so make it a regular activity for baby and you.

Toddler Reading Time

While your toddler may not be able to read yet, is just picking up on ABCs, and still developing language skills, repetitive books are awesome.

Books that feature a repetitive line that kids will grasp means they will anticipate for that part to come up and often say it out loud with you. Take The Three Little Pigs for example, where the wolf says to each pig, “Little pig, little pig, let me in,” to which the response is always “Not by the hair on my chinny-chin-chin,” followed by “Then I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house in!” Being able to recite lines like this and from other great stories like Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? helps with reading comprehension.

These loved books also have great storylines where activities can be done and questions can be asked. Such as with The Three Little Pigs, try building up small houses using different materials, such as sticks, legos, or even food like giant marshmallows (that can be devoured after!) and try blowing them over! Which ones stood still and which ones fell over?

Older Children

As kids grow older, they may be able to read independently, but continuing to red with them will help them keep that vocabulary going. Take turns reading paragraphs to each other. Stop and ask questions to help with reading comprehension after a few paragraphs. If your child is struggling on a word, simply give them a little help at first before just giving them the word. This could be from sounding out the word or even skipping it until the end of the sentence then going back to see what word would make sense.

Be sure to give a tremendous amount of praise for reading aloud! Reassure them that they’re doing great and keep up their motivation to read.

We want to hear about your World Book Day activities or activities you do alongside your child’s beloved stories. Let us know in the comments or find us over on social media to share!

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