A great way to broaden your children’s horizon is to gift them with personalised books. Australia may be one of the most incredible places on the planet, but even the amazing land down under has limits. Not so in the land of books.
What makes personalised books even better is that they put your kids right smack in the middle of the story. As a matter of fact, the story revolves around them, making it special and, in turn, making your kids feel special.
Story time is certainly more interesting when the story being told has your kids pegged as the main characters. Still, there are ways for you to make story time even more special as you read your children’s personalised books. Australia has an ideally mild climate, for instance, so you can make story time more fun by holding it on the lawn or even on the porch or patio. That should make story time more enjoyable.
What are some other suggestions for making story time with personalised books more special?
- Have a story time routine – Kids generally thrive on structure and routine, so it’s good to follow one for every regular activity they participate in. This also works for story time. Routine could affect any number of elements from the hour and location to the company and effects used to enhance the experience. For example, reading their personalised books may entail situating themselves in a reading nook with cosy adornments or going through an involved step-by-step process (the storyteller putting on a reading hat, the listeners arranging their stuffed animals, etc.).
- Take turns reading pages – To change things up and make reading more interesting, you can alternate pages with your children. This isn’t applicable only with readers. You’ll notice that non-readers pretend to read pages of oft-enjoyed books from memory.
- Get silly – To make the story really come alive, change voices as well as use sound effects and exaggerated facial expressions. Some people feel self-conscious about doing this, but young kids really enjoy a dramatic reading. You might also want to consider using puppets and other props to make the reading more engaging.
- Have an after-reading activity – It’s a good idea to follow up with a related craft project, game, kitchen activity, or even just a discussion. This gives a new fascinating twist to the reading of an old favourite.
All kids love story time, and you know they love it even more when their personalised book is involved. You can make it even more special and fun by applying the above tips.