Reading games

You don’t have to read books to the letter – playing games as you read can be lots of fun. Why not replace the hero’s name with your child’s? Or better still, make up your own stories. The possibilities are endless.

It's all about me

When reading a book to your child, each time you see the main character's name, try swapping it with your child’s name and watch their reaction. It’s even better if you pick a book about one of their favourite things. Your toddler will be hooked. That story is all about me!

Make your own book

Turn your little one into the star of their own picture book. "Look there’s a picture of you." It might take a little bit of effort make but it will be worth it to see their wonder and delight.

Have a go at making your own by sticking photos and drawings into a scrapbook. If you feel like it, you could even make up a story. Either way, it will make their day.

Label game

What you need

  • a thick marker pen
  • plain white paper
  • blue/white tack

In large, clear print, write down the names of simple objects and furniture in your house, like 'cupboard', 'table' and 'door.'

Then, cut these out and stick them on the objects themselves – next time you go to the cupboard, point to the label and say "I’m opening the cupboard." It’s a great way for your little one to learn new words and items too.

Make a card for Mummy or Daddy

Making a card for Mummy or Daddy can help with all kinds of skills. Sticking, cutting and drawing are great for helping your child develop coordination. You can also write a message for Mummy or Daddy.

Write the card slowly and spell out the letters as you write. Your child will start to recognise the shapes of letters and it will eventually help them learn to read. Remember to use small (lower case) letters when applicable.

Sing along songs

Teach your little one to read while having fun as they sing along.

Support for parents and carers of 0-4 year olds

Tools, tips and fun activities to help develop your child's communication and language skills are also available from the Rub-a-Dub Hub section on the Libraries NI website.

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