Everyone loves a good bedtime story, but how often do you incorporate reading and storytelling into the rest of your day? We aren’t teaching Mabel to read at the moment in the widely accepted sense because she is still only four and I think that waiting until she can pick it up quickly and with confidence will have more benefits in the long run than trying to force it before she is ready. But before teaching phonics, I am absolutely passionate about fostering a love of books and storytelling in any way that I can and letting her pick up some reading skills naturally along the way.
So for that reason, I try to make sure that we read as much as possible. My three all love a book, but it’s not always easy to get them to sit down and listen to a story when they are such active little balls of energy and there are so many distractions around the house during the day.
One thing that I have found works really well is to take a book with us when we go out and about on one of our adventures. It’s a nice excuse to sit down and have a break from all the roaming around and exploring and without any screens or brightly coloured toys to distract their attention, it’s the perfect time to give a book our full attention.
Another way that I like to sneak books into our everyday lives is by reading to the children while they are eating, which also has the added benefit of usually helping them to eat more because they are distracted by the story and not trying to think of what trouble they can get into (or is that just my kids at mealtimes?).
Another idea I’ve heard of but I haven’t tried out yet is to give them something to do with their hands while you are reading. The example I saw the Mum had the kids all peeling veg for dinner which I thought was an excellent idea for when my gang are a little bit older!
Recently Usborne Books sent us the latest addition to their ‘Peep Inside a Fairytale’ series, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ to celebrate the new movie that will be hitting the cinemas soon. Because it’s a board book it’s nice and durable and a good size to pop in my handbag.
The illustrations are beautiful and on every page it has interesting cut out details and lift the flap features, which all help to make a book completely irresistible to little people! And because it is such a familiar story and the pictures are so detailed, I only had to read it to them once, and then they were able to re-tell the story to each other, taking it in turns to be the ‘reader’. Mabel and Greta were both delighted with it and it now holds pride of place on their bedroom bookcase where I’m sure it will continue to be a favourite.
Usborne have been lovely enough to allow me to give away a copy of this beautiful book to one of you guys, so scroll down to the bottom of the page to enter to win this lovely prize.
*Please note this is a UK only giveaway
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