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8 ways to make story time fun

 
Toddlers and pre-schoolers have an attention span of around 10 - 12 minutes, and once it’s exhausted, learning and listening are no longer fun for them. So mix it up. Use one or two of our ideas for each book you read and make story time as fun and as interactive as possible for your little ones.
Toddlers and pre-schoolers have an attention span of around 10 - 12 minutes, and once it’s exhausted, learning and listening are no longer fun for them.

So mix it up. Use one or two of our ideas for each book you read and make story time as fun and as interactive as possible for your little ones.

Check out these 8 ways to make story time more enjoyable.
 

1. Select the right story

Choose books for story time that are age appropriate, have clear story lines, illustrations, rhythmic language and interesting vocabulary.
 

2. Make a connection

Try to connect each book with your child’s prior knowledge or personal experiences. Something that’s familiar to them and that they can relate to.
 

3. Enjoy learning together

Think about what you want your toddler or pre-schooler to learn. Identify concepts to develop, vocabulary to discuss and questions you want to ask.
 

4. Discuss the cover

Before reading the book, encourage your little one to look at the book cover, describe what they see and predict what the story is going to be about.
 

5. Talk about the book's lifecycle

Talk about how the book came to be with you today. Discuss the role of the author (writes the words), the illustrator (draws the pictures), the printer (produces the book) and the retailer (sells the book).

 
6. Understand the components of a book

Talk to your little one about what makes up a book. Point out the spine, front and back covers, pages etc.
 

7. Put on a show

Be expressive when you’re telling a story. Use facial expressions and voice variations to add excitement and to bring the characters alive.
 

8. Summarise the story

After reading the book, review the story plot and help your toddler or pre-schooler to summarise the story themselves if they’re old enough.

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