beaming bookworms #1 - don't just read before bed
This is brilliant but bedtime doesn't have to be the only time to read. Looking at a book during the day with your child nurtures a love of reading and gives your child the chance to see that reading is for fun, not just a chore. Playing on the iPad and watching children's TV will always hold a strong appeal to kids and can be VERY useful to parents when chores need to be done.
Here are some other ideas to inspire daytime reading with your kids:
All kids love camping and dens, what child wouldn't want to snuggle up with a book in this teepee! Go DIY crazy and look at these great ways to make the perfect reading tent for your kiddiwinks. http://www.craftionary.net/2013/02/ways-to-make-tent.html - piccy taken from this blog.
The perfect book to read with your child in a tent or teepee:
- Spot's Camping Trip - Eric Hill
- A Camping Spree with Mr Magee - Chris Van Dusen
- Camping Out - Heather Amery & Stephen Cartwright
This may be taking things to extreme, but I would have LOVED this!!! It is a Narnia themed room where the parents put a wardrobe against a wall with a hole in the back of it, broke through the wall to the next room where they had transformed the playroom into the land of Narnia. Amazing!
*Picture found here http://www.dumpaday.com/random-pictures/funny-pictures/parenting-done-right-18-pics/
My son is currently obsessed with Paddington Bear and the Tutti Frutti Rainbow so for a very simple activity we took this book, Paddington Bear (and his marmalade sandwiches) to the beach and bought ice cream! He loved it and I did too.
Make your child's books accessible - if they are high up on a shelf then they'll be out of reach. Create a cool book nook and your child will want to read in it!
* We're Going on a Bear Hunt - Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury
* Stick Man by Julia Donaldson & Alex Scheffler
* Ta Dah! by A Bogie & Rebecca Elliott