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Story Time Activities for Babies and toddler at the library

Updated: Feb 23

storytime activities for babies and toddlers

Reading and storytelling helps babies and children develop their brains, imaginations, language, and learning skills.

Reading and storytelling can help strengthen relationships between babies and children and their caregivers.

There are many different ways to read and tell stories to babies and children, such as reading books, looking at picture books, singing songs, or telling stories from your culture.

Babies and young children often enjoy books, songs, and stories with good rhyme, rhythm, and repetition.

Any time is a good time to read or tell a story to a baby or child. Try to share at least one book or story each day.

There are many ways to read and tell stories, so find what works best for you and your child.

Why reading is important for babies and young children?

Reading books, sharing stories, talking and singing every day helps your child’s development in many ways.

Reading and storytelling can:

  • Help your child get to know sounds, words and language, and develop early literacy skills.

  • Introduce your child to the value of books and stories.

  • Spark your child’s imagination and curiosity.

  • Promote your child’s brain development and ability to focus and concentrate.

  • Help your child build social, communication and emotional skills

  • Help your child learn about the world, their own culture and other cultures

Tips for sharing books with children

Make a routine, and try to share at least one book every day. A special space where you and your child go to read – with a box of books and something comfortable to sit on – can help with establishing your routine.

Turn off the TV or radio, put your phone on silent, and find a quiet place to read so your child can hear your voice.

Hold your child close or on your knee while you read, so your child can see your face and the book.

Use gestures, facial expressions, funny voices, noises and so on. This can get your child interested and help them learn the meaning of words. It’s also fun!

Encourage your child to talk about the pictures and repeat familiar words and phrases.

Make connections between your child’s life and the book. For example, ‘That little boy is playing in the sand. You did this too, didn’t you?’

Let your child choose the books when they’re old enough to start asking – and be prepared to read favourite books over and over again!

Any time is a good time for a story! You can make books part of your daily routine

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