Toddlers are full of explosive energy. More often than not, it is hard to get them settled down and engaged in their books. Story time can become a struggle, and you may get concerned about your toddler’s lack of interest in reading. Engaging your child in daily conversation and reading promotes essential social and language skills. Books can help build your child’s confidence and provide a fun moment between the two of you. Use these 7 tips to tame your toddler at story time and keep them interested in reading.
Toddlers Need to Move
Requiring a toddler to sit still is comparable to trying to stop a hurricane – simply impossible. Toddlers need to get up and move. That does not mean that reading is worthless, they are still listening while they play. Engage your child in the story by having them act out scenes, dance or show different emotions.
Choose Interesting Books
Books that are full of brilliant colors or fun animals are going to be of more interest to your toddler. Do not try to start with stories filled with wordy sentences or confusing pictures. Keep it simple, stick with farm books or pop up pages. These books may seem silly to you, but they are extremely entertaining to your toddler, and they will be more willing to pay attention and absorb the knowledge.
Keep it Short
Toddlers have a very short attention span, make the most of that small time frame by keeping your reading short. If you know that your toddler is only capable of handling a few pages, read half of a book at a time rather than trying to fight to get through the whole text. Look for short books that use one word or very short sentences per page. You will both gain confidence as you successfully make it through these publications.
Choose stories with situations or characters that your child can easily relate to their own life. If your family experiences a significant change, such as a big move or the birth of a new baby, purchase a children’s book that tells of a similar situation. You child will be able to relate their emotions and experiences with the story.
After you complete a book, ask your child questions about the story. Discuss their favorite character, color, or number and have them recall important details. Ask your child about the book again a few hours later to have them continuously focused on what they learned from the text.
Be Willing to Move On
If you realize that your child clearly is not interested in the book that you are reading, have them choose another. The initial story may not have been engaging, but the second could catch and keep their attention.
Keep it Fun
Reading to a toddler should always be a positive, fun experience. If you feel that you are getting frustrated, stop and play, try again another time. Always ensure that your child associates reading time as a great part of their day.
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