[03] Parenting challenge

Books and stories: activities and ideas

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Young kids love stories! And reading books together is a wonderful way to connect with the child and enjoy some lovely moments together! Stories are also really helpful to teach kids in a playful way about important aspects of their life. So I’ve gathered here some nice ideas to inspire you to plan a whole month dedicated to reading and exploring books with your child!

Here is the plan that we followed during the month of “Books and stories”. I hope that you’ll like it as much as we did!

{ I am a stay at home mom now, so I get to spend a lot of time with my son and this plan is based on this. If you are a working mom or you have more children the plan may seem more difficult to put into practice. But you can adjust it in a way that allows you to include it in your daily life. }

Things to do every day

– activities based on a book

One way of making books even more interesting for kids is to create some activities based on them. This can mean drawing a character, painting a story, creating a craft inspired by a book (I saw a lot of ideas on Pinterest), or simply talking about the characters that the child likes.

If your child has a favorite character or book, you can always find inspiration on Pinterest for creating nice activities based on the story.

– create your own story

One way to encourage creativity and to help children develop their imagination is to create stories together. You can either choose a character from a book, put it in a different situation, and imagine what he will do or you can create our own character and develop a story around it.

Things to do every week:

 – discover 5 new books

The easiest way to do this is by going weekly to the library. You can either plan a story time at the library or just borrow books and read them at home.

If you are looking for some recommendations of nice books for young kids, you can find a list at the end of this article.

– storytime at the library focused on book series

You can create a special day of the week to go to the library and have a special story time using children’s book series. Reading several books from the same series will allow your child to discover the main character in different situations and learn new things!

Here are some of the book series that we like: 8 wonderful book series that are great for young children.

An additional idea: discuss a challenging moment using books

This additional idea is something that we do often and it has great results! The children cannot always easily talk about the challenges they face, especially when they are young. Reading stories about that particular challenge helps them to understand it better, to be more open to discuss it and also to slowly overcome it.

If you know that your child faces a particular challenge in this period, you can find a story about that subject and use it to start a discussion. Kids need to know that their problems always have a solution and that they can openly discuss them with the parents.

Resources

Here are some very nice books that are great for toddlers and preschoolers:

8 wonderful book series that are great for young children

13 children books about manners that are great for toddlers and preschoolers

10 great children books about personal hygiene for toddlers and preschoolers

7 children books to help your child prepare for the first day of preschool (these were a real help for us when Bogdan started preschool).

I wish you a happy and playful month!

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