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Bookish Play Ideas: Nurturing Early Education in Toddlers

Bookish Play Ideas: Nurturing Early Education in Toddlers

In the delightful realm of toddlerhood, every day is an adventure filled with curiosity and wonder. As parents, caregivers, and industry experts, we play a crucial role in fostering a love for learning from an early age. One of the most effective ways to do this is by incorporating bookish play into your toddler's daily activities. In this blog post, we'll explore five creative and engaging ideas to encourage education through books and play.

1. Interactive Storytelling:

Transform story time into an interactive and collaborative experience. Stories are brought to life by using different voices for characters, adding simple gestures, and encouraging children to participate. Asking questions like, "What do you think happens next?" or "Can you find the cat on this page?" will enhance their comprehension skills and make reading a fun and immersive activity.

Little People, Big Dreams book

2. Themed Sensory Trays:

Create exploration sensory trays inspired by your toddler's favourite stories. For a book about animals, fill a tray with wooden animal figures, animal picture bocks, textured fabrics or simple drawings from the story. Play some animal sounds in the background and allow your little ones to explore and engage their senses while connecting the sensory experience with the book's theme. This hands-on approach enhances their understanding and makes learning a multi-sensory adventure.

tickit Sensory Mood Discovery Table


3. DIY Story Props:

Encourage imaginative play by crafting DIY story props related to the books you read together. Whether it's making a crown for a royal tale, creating simple animal masks, or plopping painted stars on a sheet of paper, these props can bring the characters and narratives to life. This not only sparks creativity but also helps toddlers develop language skills as they express themselves through play. If DIY or crafting doesn’t make your heart sing, look for connections with the toys your little one already has and create a new persona and storyline for their character for the day.

tickit Wooden Enchanted Figures

4. Literacy-rich Play Spaces:

If possible, designate a cosy corner in your home as a literacy-rich play space. Fill it with age-appropriate books, soft cushions and colourful fabrics, stuffed animals and a sensory mood light. Make it a place where your toddler can explore books independently or with you. By creating a positive and inviting environment, you're instilling a love for reading and learning that will stay with them as they grow.

5. Alphabet Adventures:

Turn learning the alphabet into an exciting adventure. Create an "alphabet treasure hunt" by hiding alphabet letters around your home or garden. As your toddler discovers each letter, talk about words that start with that letter and share a book related to the corresponding theme. This playful approach introduces letters in a context that's meaningful and enjoyable.

tickit Rainbow Glitter Letters

In the early years of a child's life, every moment is an opportunity for growth and discovery. By introducing bookish play into your toddler's daily routine, you're not only laying the foundation for a strong educational journey but also cultivating a lifelong love for learning. So, let the pages of a book become a gateway to a world of imagination, creativity, and endless possibilities for your curious toddler.

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