Reading is such a great activity for parents to do with their children of any age. It is very important for preschool children as it will greatly help in their language development and inspire them to love books early in life.
You can make story time more interesting for kids by doing the following:
- No need to follow the story exactly. If your child is too young to understand the words of the story, you can just talk about the pictures and point out interesting shapes and colours. You can even make up your own ending to the story. What is important is to keep on talking to your child to develop his language skills.
- Cuddle your child close. As you read a story to your child, hold him close to make him feel comfortable and safe in your company. Storytime is a good way to make your child feel calm and relaxed in preparation for bedtime.
- Be a little silly. Play around with different noises or different voices during the story time. A child has a very narrow attention span and changing your voice or making sounds will catch back his attention to the story telling. You can include some funny acting or make faces to give emphasis to your story and keep the child’s attention to your story telling.
- Accompany the story with music. You can provide musical accompaniment to your storytelling to make it more interesting. You don’t need to be proficient in playing a musical instrument. All you have to do is produce some sounds effects while telling the story. Playing the banjo while telling your child a story will keep him interested. You can get the best clawhammer banjo for this purpose. You can keep on plucking the banjo’s string while you read the story especially when you notice your child dozing off or losing interest to the story.
- Every little bit helps. Reading a story to your child will be good for his language and mental development. You can read for a few minutes or an hour as you long as you can hold your child’s attention to the story telling.
- Follow along with words. You can help improve the language skills of your child by pointing to him each word in the story. This will make him familiar with how words differ from one another, laying the groundwork for his reading skills later.
- Let your child be the storyteller. Give your child the opportunity to tell his story based on the pictures in the book. You can ask your child also to act out his story by imitating the characters in the pictures. Asking your child to make his version of the story will be good for the development of his language skills.
- Ask questions. After telling your child a story, you can check how much he understood from your storytelling by asking him questions. Don’t worry if your child is still too young to respond to your questions because you are encouraging him to two-way communication.
Children typically will be bored after few minutes of storytelling so it is up to you to embellish the story time to make it interesting to him and to keep his attention.