Growing into Readers

Playing Activities

  • Allow your child to go on independent play dates at a friend’s home. This will allow your child some independence and self-exploration. It also teaches great language skills because they will have to ask for needs such as the bathroom or a drink during the day. It creates bonds with your child while learning, playing and laughing and when children laugh, they’re more likely to remember what they learn.
  • Try a new activity to challenge what your child knows. Go to the library for storytime, set up a new learning center, go for a walk, read a new book, take a field trip, visit the farm, join a swim class, or go to the zoo. These activities will help children learn something new, increase vocabulary, learn about their community and all it has to offer as well as create memories your family will remember forever.
  • Playing outside allows children to increase their curiosity by observing, experimenting, predicting, classifying, education through sensory play, drawing conclusions and exploring the natural world. Playing outside increases awareness of community, builds relationships with others, as well as increasing literacy and vocabulary skills. Take your children outside every day, even in the winter (for a short time.)

For more suggestions and activities on Raising a Reader, follow our Grow Up Reading™ Board on Pinterest

Library Director:  Clara Nalli Bohrer    |    Youth Services Coordinator:  Jill Bickford    |    Early Childhood Specialist:  Emily Vickers

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