Play is how children learn, and how they come to understand their world. Play can happen in many ways. Play games, play with words, and play with music and rhymes. Play make believe, invent new worlds, and create your own stories.
Bring a sense of adventure and fun to your reading by reading with humour, expression and enthusiasm. Place a few books with cutouts, lift-the-flaps, pop-ups or touch-and-feel elements with your baby’s toys so they begin to interact with books and start to see books as fun and exciting. Let them touch, feel and explore these books.
Reading in different places also adds to the excitement of reading. Try reading in different places around your house or city.
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- Sing throughout the day and make up your own silly songs to introduce new vocabulary. New words can be easier to learn when they rhyme or are put to music. Many activities can be sung to the tune of “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush”.
- Play with magnetic letters on the refrigerator or on metal baking trays. Arrange the letters in alphabetical order. Remove a letter and ask your child which one is missing. Can she put the letter back into the correct space? Or, arrange the letters incorrectly and ask your child to put them into the correct order.
- Play games with alphabet blocks, felt or foam letters, or letters cut from newspapers or magazines. Try making simple words or your child’s name. Letters can also be made from string or cooked, cooled spaghetti. Your child may enjoy playing, writing and drawing in sand, pudding, sugar or flour.
- Choose a “Letter of the Day” and point out everything you see, all day long, that starts with that letter. Find and name letters in books, on signs and labels, on toys, food boxes and other objects all around.
- Help your child roll clay, play dough or plasticine into thin “logs.” Ask your child to use the logs to form the letters he is learning.