Reading with King is such an adventure, there isn’t much sitting and cuddling. It’s more of running, jumping, screaming, laughing, waving bye, and mom still reading. King is super active which makes getting him to sit, listen, and read hard. I have found a few things that have helped to get him to love reading. Let’s chat about 5 tips to help your toddler love to read.
1. Find a book subscription box! These boxes are so fun and I love that everything in them goes with the book. We love Lit Joy Crate. We have had a couple of their boxes and they never disappoint. I love that there are toys for King to play with that relate to the books and that it takes all the guessing games out of buying books for me!
2. Let them play and adventure while you read. If you make them sit down and hold still when some kids aren’t able to sit that long, then everyone is frustrated and it isn’t a fun activity anymore. We have a rule in our home, when King isn’t having fun anymore we don’t push stuff, then it just leaves for frustrated and angry memories. Let them get their wiggles out, play with toys, encourage them to find certain pictures in the book or turn the pages, etc. This will help everyone to have a happier experience.
3. Buy book of things that your kids are interested in. King loves motorcycles and horses so we try to find books that are about those things. This keeps him interested longer in what we are reading and excited when we pull the books out.
4. Make it a circus! Act the books out, read in different voices, make it fun. Your kids will sense if it is something that you have fun with or are stressed out about. Make it a fun activity, something that they look forward to every time that you sit down to read.
5. Be consistent. Read at the same time every day. We read every night before bed and that works for us. King knows it is what is going to happen and even goes into his room to pull out the books sometimes. Your kids will catch on eventually, don’t give up, don’t get stressed, you’ve got this mama!