With the world we now live in, it becomes increasingly more difficult to get kids to settle down with a good story book . But reading for pleasure is something that should be treasured and enjoyed. It’s a time when they can let their imaginations take a hold and give them that all important escapism! But also it enables children to unwind and take some vital and much-needed relaxation time too! We very easily get caught up in the idea of encouraging kids to be active and to get rid of all their excess energy, but it is just as important to allow the time for them to relax and recuperate too! That’s why reading is such a brilliant activity, not only is it soothing and calming but it helps children to develop from an educational point as well. But here’s the dilemma, how do we encourage our children to be passionate about reading? We know the benefits of reading are incredible but it’s usually tricky to persuade children to have a love of books and reading! So below, we’ve listed our top 3 literacy toys that encourage even the reluctant reader to pick up a good book and get reading.
This is a great way to bring books to life. Children will love hearing and seeing the story, time and time again and the puppets will enchant and delight them as they enjoy the tale. The repetitive nature and well known story allows kids to join in and very soon they will be reading and acting out the story independently. So by simply adding a few puppets to story time children enjoy the activity a lot more and you will achieve your target! Hopefully this clever technique will mean that your reluctant reader will no longer be reluctant any more.
Another great way to encourage kids to read is to make it super cool. This is where novel unusual booked themed gifts come into play. Our favourite has to be a bookmark and of course they come in very handy too. The what2buy4kids team thinks that this 3d dinosaur one is the coolest, they’ve ever seen, and this coolness is also shared with our little toy testing monsters!!! But if your little monster, isn’t into dinos, then checkout the full range. With all these designs, there’s one that will appeal to your child, that’s for sure!!!
We love jigsaw puzzles that tell stories too and this Dear Zoo Lift the flap puzzle does just that. It really is a fun way to get kids reading. Once they have put the jigsaw pieces together using colour matching and problem solving skills, they can then put their reading skills to the test. The easy repetitive text helps to develop children’s confidences and they will be reading in no time at all. Again this gift encourages children to read without them even knowing it, so what’s better than learning through play?
Above are just a few toys and gifts that help children to read but if you know of any great toys that promote reading please let us know. We are always on the lookout for more fun and educational toys and our collection is constantly growing.