How to read to your toddler!

Out of all of the things you do with your kids reading with them is one of the greatest gifts you can give. It’s such a special way to strengthen your bond and learn and grow together. You will get so much more then just a story out of it. 🙂

Here are a few tips to keep in mind to keep your toddler engaged and help you to enjoy the time as well.

How to read to your toddler

  • Read with expression – Use fun and different voices to keep the story going like animals and children voices. This helps bring the characters to life and really keep your toddler engaged. Although, I would recommend reading the “scary” parts in your actual voice. Every time Nana would get the Ursula part of, The Little Mermaid, Bean would get upset and try to shut the book. Try not to get to into it 😉
  • Stay Patient – If your toddler wants to switch books half way through then do your best to accommodate them. Bean went through this stage where she insisted on turning the pages herself. Unfortunately, she only gave you enough time to read about one sentence before she would turn the page.
  • Allow them to “read” also – Your toddler is growing up and becoming independent. They want to read to you also. It may sound like complete jibberish but they just want to be like you. Bean has her own “Beanglish,” that is full of expression and sometimes way better then the actual book.
  • Talk about the pictures in the books – Point out the characters and what they are doing. Are they driving a car? Eating lunch? Talk about the illustrations.
  • Point out things they recognize -Things like dogs, cats and people. Encourage them to repeat what you say to ensure they understand and start to recognize the characters.
  • Make time – Reading at the same time each day can really help your child to stay focused and enjoy the books. Toddlers thrive on routine and knowing what is expected of them makes a much happier toddler. We mentioned in our Bedtime Tips and Tricks that we read before bed each night to help calm Bean down from the days activities.
  • Allow them fall asleep as you read – The sound of your voice while you are reading is calming to them so keep reading until you are sure they are sound asleep.

In case you missed it check out our top 10 books your toddler must read and how to teach your toddler their letters.

Bean reading to doll

Do you read with your toddler? Do you have any tips for me? Please let me know in the comments below!

-Crystal & the Bean

 

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