Sunday, June 25, 2017

Books: Here, There and Everywhere. {Reading with Babies and Toddlers}

Hi all! It's Ashlee from Loving Naturally back again. Welcome to another Playful Baby post! This month we are touching on the topic of books. Reading to children is an amazing way to expand their vocabulary and understanding of the world around them.

If you're anything like me you dreamed of having this beautifully decorated reading corner for your little munchkins, with plush pillows and soft blankets to snuggle under while you go on a magical journey into another world. I tried this with Miss L with little success as Miss L didn't find her love of books until she started school, and now with Little A, it's a whole other story. She is OBSESSED with animal books. If she sees a book and there is an animal on it, IT IS NOW HERS! To try and pry these books from her tiny hands starts World War III.

Alot of our reading is done at bedtime, with us all loaded into Miss L's bed to do her reader and library book for school. However during the day...Little A takes over. We have a wide selection of books from Dr Seuss, My Little Pony, Disney Princesses and more BUT all we read is the "My First Animals" over and over and OVER AGAIN. Little A loves all the animals in this book and then finding them in our everyday adventures. As much as I loathe reading this book over and over again Little A gets so much out of it, we have expanded our vocabulary rapidly, as she recognises the differences between each animal in the real world.

With cows being Little A's favourite at the moment there is a lot of "COW?" "Cow?" "Mummy cow?" when cooking dinner, sitting on the toilet or when you finally get that shower to wash your hair and you turn to face the shower door only to see your child's face squished on it so hard while they scream "COW!" and bashing their book into the door repeatedly until you abort your hair wash, wrap your towel around yourself and sit on the floor with them for the 2minutes it takes for them to show you all the animals they like.

Reading with children is amazing and when you get that quiet moment peeking through their bedroom to see either the older child cuddling their younger sibling reading to them or the younger sibling reading quietly to themselves or their teddies, you see how even though you may not have this perfect reading area or read a huge variety of books they understand the calm and joy that comes from books and the world they can unlock.

This month we are giving away a Grimm's Peg Doll in Small Cave. All you have to do is share how your baby reads or plays with books on Instagram (#playfulbabychallenge @squigglesandbubbles @loving_naturally @squishelsandme @mummy_loz @xoxo_beautiful_chaos_xoxo) or on Squiggles and Bubbles' Facebook Page before the 15th of July 2017, for all the fine print click here.

If you liked this you may also like Outdoor Book Inspired Invitation to Play. Just click the picture to read all about it!
Please always supervise your infant/child at play.  Please stay within arms reach and never leave infants/children unattended.  You know you're infant/child best, use your own judgement-considering your infant/child's temperament, habits, behaviour and development before you play with a new play medium.

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