What to do with this activity?
Does your little one prefer spots or stripes on their clothes, or other patterns or none?
Listen to the story "My Mum and Dad make me laugh" by Nick Sharratt read by Story Ed on youtube. Mum likes spots and Dad likes stripes, so what happens when the family visit a zoo?
You can probably find this book in your local library. Ask the librarian for help if you need. There are lots of books to choose from, and you can borrow books and DVDs free of charge if you join the library (also free).
Talk together about your own favourite choices and how it's okay to like different things.
Why am I doing this?
Reading aloud combines the benefits of talking, listening and storytelling within a single activity and helps to build the foundation for language development. From stories your child learns many things such as how to listen and concentrate, new words and understand why things happen. They also learn to put ideas in order, develop their memory skills, notice how spoken words relate to words on the page and learn how to predict. Reading gives your child a chance to develop their own opinions, build visual skills and learn how to handle books.
How can I do more?
If you can spare 10 minutes a day to read with your child you can make a huge difference to their development. You don’t have to read a book, you could read a comic, magazine article or a story you have made up yourself. The most important thing is that you enjoy it, that way your child will too.
Remember a good storybook is one that you the reader and your child find interesting. It might be funny or entertaining. Ask yourself whether your child would enjoy it and be able to listen to it. Are the pictures well drawn? Is it well written? Do you like it? You may be the one reading it, over and over, and over!
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