What brings parents and children from all over the city to Chandler Public Libraries? Storytime! High Five is a great addition to Storytimes at Chandler Public Library, and introduces five key concepts in early literacy: Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play. This week we're highlighting play.
One way to use play to get your child ready to learn to read is by incorporating your own personal collection of books into their playtime. Avoid the idea that books are to be stored high and away from tiny hands or that books are to remain pristine and treated with kid gloves. On the contrary, if you want your child to love books (and eventually reading), make them readily available at all times. Especially at playtime! Encourage your child to see the fun in books by making them a substantial part of your child’s everyday play.
Board books are great for stacking into tall teetering towers. A picture book might become an amazing ramp for toy cars. Maybe an entire stack of books is just what is needed to hold that one slippery blanket in place when building the perfect fort. How about hide-n-seek games with books? Hide a favorite book somewhere in the house for your child to find. The prize for their fine detective work: a quick cuddle-up-and-read session, of course. You could also play hide-n-seek in the book. Draw a silly face on a sticky note then take turns hiding it inside the book. Give your child clues to help them track it down -“It’s on the page where Duck rode his bike past Dog.”
If the idea of playing with books makes you uncomfortable, feel free to store away a couple personal favorites to remain in perfect condition with that new book scent. However, we’re willing to bet those books with the pudding-smudged handprints** will be the ones that help you create one ravenous reader, bringing you much sweeter memories.
Looking for books to supplement your own collection? Check out our Kids 0-5 page for High Five Reads and other suggestions, or try Tumblebooks for online animated picture books that read to your child.
**Of course library books should always remain pudding-smudge free : )