Have you ever met a friend whose kids love reading? And have you ever felt that your kids should love books more, but you don’t know how? Don’t worry, we all feel that! Most of the parents are so busy in their lives and hectic routines that they don’t get enough time to sit down and read with their child.
Here are some great activities on how to encourage your preschooler to read more and enjoy it. Even if your kid doesn’t like reading, these tips will make them a reader in no time!
1. Make reading fun
Kids learn when they are having fun. So before you ask them to read a book, ask yourself if you are offering them a fun time or a forced time? Reading shouldn’t be a chore, but instead it should feel like playtime. You can try this by:
- Act out the characters roles
- Speak about the characters in funny voices
- Let them dress up like the characters
- Let them read in fun spots around the house, i.e. the bathtub, a closet, etc.
- Give them a fun new reading gadget, i.e. a new bookmark, a reading head lamp, a book cover, etc.
- Let them move while reading, i.e. jumping on a trampoline, spin a hula hoop, etc.
2. Pretend to be in the book
Kids love mimicking everyone. Take advantage of this fun activity and express the emotions just like the characters in the storybook you are reading. You can even use props and dress up for the show. Your preschooler will love the storybook even more after acting it out.
3. Keep reading the same book
If your child really is interested in one book and doesn’t want to move on, that’s ok! Let them continue to read the book that they love. Repetition can help improve their reading and letter recognition. This also helps them to think deeper about little details of the book that they may have not noticed before.
4. Create a reading corner in your home
Build a little home library or a reading corner in your home. Set all the books so that they are easily available to your preschooler. Place some cute frames, maybe a candle, and some favorite toys along with the books. You can use a tent, teepee, or fort as their reading space. They’ll feel like they are living an adventure in some fantasy land.
5. Make reading a routine
If you want to encourage your kid to love books, you have to set a routine. If you have a book reading routine before bedtime or during afternoon quiet time, your kids will expect the same every day. This way, you won’t have to force them to pick up a book.
Sit with your preschooler and read the books together. This will create a positive mindset and they will be more inclined to like book reading.
6. Set a good example
If you show your child how much you love reading books, they will love it too. Kids love following other’s actions, especially mom and dad’s. You can share your childhood stories and books with them.
Show your preschoolers what you are reading and how you started loving books. Tell them that no matter your age, you can always read books and love it at the same time.
7. Read books that are available as movies
Pick a book that has been turned into a movie. Read the book first and then watch the movie. This will give them the motivation to complete the book and get to see if their imagination and creative thinking was what is actually acted out in the movie.
8. Enjoy library adventures
Preschoolers love adventures so why not turn their library visits into adventures so that they learn happily? Hide a treasure inside the library and ask them to find a book or plan a scavenger hunt. There are so many ideas to make the visits enjoyable.
9. Start a new book club
Another awesome hack for making your preschooler love reading is starting a new book club. Ask your kid to pick a name for the club. Add his friends and encourage them all to read books. Make it a social activity and if a physical club isn’t possible, make it online.
You can ask your child to choose a book that all his club members will read in one meeting and then discuss it. Your preschooler will love that and having a club is such a cool thing! Who knows your kid can become a reading star!
10. Offer choices
Don’t force your preschooler to read a particular book only if you want that. Reading is much more than just handing kids a book. Let them pick and choose. You can offer a lot of options and ask kids to pick whatever they like.
Kids love choices as it gives them a feeling that they are in charge. Having a choice will encourage them to read about their favorite characters. They will love reading when they pick something on their own. Don’t take the choices away from your kids.
11. Be your kid’s biggest supporter
Your feedback has a very strong effect on how hard your kids try to be good readers. Support them even if they make mistakes. Introduce your preschooler to new ideas, offer them ideas, and be their biggest fan.
12. Make reading material easily available
Kids who see books most of the time tend to become better readers than those who don’t see books. If your preschooler spends most of the time in the living room, make sure your living room has a lot of books to read. If he spends more time in his room, make a reading corner inside his room. Add magazines and books related to his age group and you will see how fast he will learn.
So these were the amazing hacks and activities for encouraging your preschooler to read. Keep in mind that every kid is different so not all of these will work but most of them will.
About the author:
Saima is a mom of two cute boys. She blogs full time at A Supertired Mom. She loves kids and her dream is to open a kindergarten. She wants to motivate and encourage mothers and make them feel less lonely using her words. When not writing, she is eating pizza and sipping strong tea. She loves glitters and celebrations and beaches.