Today, March 2nd, is Dr. Seuss’s Birthday and he would’ve been 115 years old. His legacy still lives on 115 years later. And it sure does live on with us. My boys love Dr. Seuss books! So in honor of his birthday, I thought I would share five ways to make reading fun for your little ones.
A little background:
If you’re new around here then you should know this family likes to read! You can follow along my IG stories and see us reading almost every day. My 1.5 year old even picks out his own books. No joke. Being a work a home mom, reading is actually the only way my kids stay calm most days. Which allows me time for myself read: finally enjoy a hot cup of coffee while knocking out some work.
But a big goal for Chris and I was that we always want to make reading fun for the boys and I think we accomplish that. Every day they are excited to read. Excited to READ people! And that just makes my heart so happy.
There are so many benefits to reading, even with your newborn, like boosting their brain power, introduces them to emotion, and exposing them to visuals. “Research shows that the more words a baby is exposed to, the better prepared he is to eventually start reading on his own,” via Parents Magazine.
I often get asked how do you make reading fun for the kids? It’s not hard my friends. So, I’ve rounded up a few tips on how to make reading fun for your little ones.
- Let your children pick the book(s) they want to read. Children love insert their independence wherever they can. Hello, stubborn tantrum in the middle of Aisle 7 *faceplant emjoi* But when you actually give into the (positive) independence, it becomes glorious. It can even turn into habits they continue later in life.
- Go to the library and check out books. Did you know it’s FREE to check out books? J/K I’m sure you did. But take them to the library and let them (again) pick out their own books. That independence goes a long way.
- Make it part of their nap and bedtime routine. I talk about my routine with the boys all the time. And part of that routine is a book before every nap and bed. Their little bodies crave routine. Because their bodies know what to expect next i.e. sleep 🙂
- Give the gift of books. For the next kids birthday party you attend, give a book instead of a card. I request this for both of my boys each year and absolutely LOVE it. Have your guests write a little message and their name, and it’s a sweet little reminder every time they open the book.
- Incorporate reading activities with their favorite books like making a book mark or bowling for phonics. Activities help reinforce what they are reading and help them remember (cognitive skills) the sequence of events. Activities can also help build their fine motor skills.
Do you read with your little ones? Let me know what their favorite book is below! I love hearing from yall!