Tips to make storytime more fun
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- Published on Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:30
- Last Updated on 05 March 2014
- Monica Costa
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As it’s World Book Day today you probably need some extra ideas and support the school’s storytime activities to get your kids excited about reading by bringing their favourite story books to life.
Books play an important role in childhood development, and inspiring them with a good novel and characters they can relate to is a gift they can treasure forever. But we cannot take away the fact that we live in a visual society and often find it tough to read a book with no images or no apps linked to that.
Here are five tips on how to make story time more fun (using modern media as a support to reading):
1.) Dress up as the characters from your favourite books with your child for story time. You don’t necessarily need expensive outfits, whip out the face paints and get creative!
2.) Discuss the book after reading; did your child enjoy it? What did they learn? Would they like to read it again? Who was their favourite character and why?
3.) Read out loud and give spirit to the characters – make it a family affair! Whether that be mum, dad or a grandparent children will relish the opportunity to spend time with the family.
4.) Make story time fun with an easy to follow craft idea on how to bring your favourite book to life, below….
5.) A great incentive to get your child reading is to watch the TV show or film on TV, Netflix or DVD after you have finished the book as a reward.
Let your kids’ imaginations run wild. Make it a big occasion by dressing up, getting creative with our fun, easy craft idea (below) and snuggle up as a family to watch your favourite book adaptations!
Titles based on books for younger kids available on Netflix:
Help your little ones develop problem-solving skills with Huckle Cat, Sally and friends in Busytown Mysteries, or spend quality time together watching classic Thomas & Friends and Clifford the dog adventures.
Titles based on books for older kids available on Netflix:
For older kids, they can delve into the film adaptation of Little Women, an emotional story of four sisters growing up in Civil War-era America. Great book and film (in various adaptations over the decades) as well.
Titles based on books available on Netflix for Mum!
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums