Does your toddler love to read or would she rather run off and play with the other toys?
With twin toddlers, I have one of each! One will sit and listen to almost all stories, but the other one requires a little more “magic” to stay and listen to the whole story. This isn’t true for every story – at night time, he will stay and listen to the books, but during the day the blocks (or other toy) might lure him away.
A week or so ago, I wrote about encouraging the love of reading in kids. One suggestion was to make reading FUN!
Pretty obvious right? Well, most things are, we just sometimes need a fresh view or reminder to get us back on track. There are days I dread reading the “requested” book, because I am tired or distracted, so here are tips to keep it fun.
1. Change the Rhythm: We went to story time at the library last week for the first time. It was great. They would read a book, then sing a song, read a book, then stand up and dance and sing. This change in rhythm, not only in the voice but the body, really made reading fun, and helped keep the toddlers interested.
2. Bring in a new voice: YUP – this gets you off the hook, by roping in a new reader. Tonight my friend read “Tickle Monster” to the kids, and the book really came alive! I haven’t heard it read the way he read it, and the kids were in stitches! This new voice really made it fun.
Don’t limit yourself to adults either – choose a peer. Special moments were created when the twins’ cousin picked up a classic and started reading to the boys and her brother.
The twins loved the cousin reading session so much that they decided to read to HER! Then later that night, Mason was missing and I found him sitting on the bean bag in his room reading out loud to himself. I thought it was so adorable, and I give all the credit to his cousin reading earlier that day!
3. Act It Out: My two year old twins (yes, the dreaded age) are developing a flare for the dramatic! Throwing back their heads and hollering, throwing down their bodies and flailing…. so lets channel their drama into acting out their books Their Grandmother just had them act out “Little Miss Muffett”. I was extremely surprised how they could act out a little scenario. This made for a really fun reading activity.
So the next time you try to make reading fun for toddlers, try changing things up – pick a new person to read the story, act it out or throw in a fun song or dance. I am sure you will get rave reviews from your kiddos and great memories too!
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