Do you have kids who aren’t overly interested in books or you’d like them to read a little more? Ever reminisced of those times where your parents would read to you when you were little and want to recreate that moment with your own little ones? Well let’s take a look at my list of 5 creative ways to encourage kids to read.
Some of you may already know that there are two little people in my life and watching them grow up has been a real rollercoaster, but one that I have really loved being part of. As part of their growing up, I’ve been super excited about them learning to read. As someone who used to beg my mother to read to me until I fell asleep and then again when I was awake, I’m passionate about passing on that love of reading to them.
We all know reading is a fundamental skill that every child should learn, but not all kids seem to be up for it. So, if you’re looking for ideas, here are 5 creative ways encourage your kids to read and discover the magic of books.
Create a reading nook
A cosy, comfortable space where kids can read uninterrupted can make a big difference in getting them excited about reading. Find a corner in their room or a comfy spot in the living room and create a reading nook. Add some pillows, a soft throw, a lamp, and a basket of books for your littles to choose from. Adding a teepee (canopy), a chair or something snug is also a great idea. Encourage them to spend some quiet time there every day. If they aren’t at the stage of reading on their own yet, you can incorporate this book into your bedtime routine and snuggle up together to read, and you might be surprised how much they enjoy it.
Host a reading party
Make reading a social activity by hosting a reading party. Make a list of friends (or even cousins etc.,) and invite them over for an afternoon of books and snacks. Set up a few stations with different books, and have the kids take turns reading aloud to one another. If they aren’t reading yet, why not ask their friends to dress up as their favourite character; recreating your own World Book Day. You can also create a fun reading scavenger hunt or quiz to keep the kids engaged and excited.
Let them choose what they read
Children are more likely to dive into reading if they’re reading something they’re interested in. Take a trip to the library or bookstore and let your child choose whatever books they want. Whether it’s graphic novels, mysteries, or fantasy books, let them explore their own interests and find books they’re excited about.
Incorporate reading into daily life
Probably the most simplest and easiest one to do. We all start out reading to our littles before bedtime but there are other ways to incorporate reading into daily life. Don’t worry though, there is no need to make it complicated or add another thing to the never-ending parenting to-do list. Simple things such as reading the directions on a recipe or a board game for example can all make a huge step towards getting them back into the swing of reading. If your children are slightly older or really getting into reading, you could try starting a book club for just the two of you or friends or family members (this works really well if they have cousins at similar ages).
Make reading fun
Finally, make reading fun! Choose books with engaging illustrations, fun facts, or silly stories that will make your child laugh. If your child is reward orientated, create a reading chart and reward them when they reach a reading goal. Set the bar low to start so that this target is never unattainable. Offer to with them or to them (especially as they get older and more confident) or with them, and make it an enjoyable and memorable experience.
Getting children to love reading doesn’t have to be a chore, but it does require some creativity and a small piece of effort, especially if this isn’t part of your normal routine. By creating a cosy reading nook, incorporating reading into daily life, and making reading fun, you’ll be well on your way to helping your child discover the joy of reading. There are so many worlds to discover, and for me, that’s the best bit! So, why not try one of these ideas today and see how it goes?
As always, happy reading!