5. Turn reading into craft time.
Babies love to reach and grab just about anything within reach. Touch-and-feel books are a great way for them to enhance their senses by exploring new textures. Making a touch book with objects they like to look at and touch—soft fabrics, paper that rustles—is a fun and expensive DIY craft. If you are feeling even craftier, make an interactive quiet book out of felt. Children use their imagination and tell their own story by moving the pieces around. Have your older children join in on the fun by creating their own storybook with supplies around the house.
6. Rhyme and rhythm.
There’s a clear link between music and literacy development. Sing nursery rhymes with your child when you’re at home, in the car or out and about. Children love to sing, and nursery rhymes teach your child language, rhyme, repetition, rhythm and phonological awareness.
7. Dramatize fairytales.
Storytelling plays an important role in early literacy development. Children’s imaginations are further enhanced through listening to fairy tales. There are many great finger puppets that can bring the fairytales to life for your children. Or you can get them involved by having them make cutouts of their favorite characters. They can dramatize the story as you read it to them.
8. Introduce your own childhood favorites.
Remember those timeless classics you couldn’t get enough of as a kid? Bring them back into the limelight by reading them to your own child. Your excitement for those beloved stories is sure to rub off on your little one. If your child loves them as much as you, try finding and collecting different versions of the classics.
The benefits of reading start with the first book a baby hears and continues into childhood and beyond.