All children can learn to love books, especially if you turn story time into fun and games. These quick games are a great way to get your little one chatting and thinking about books.
Take it in turns to choose characters to guess
- Choose a character from a book you’re currently reading together.
- Describe what they look like, what they do or their relationship with another character.
- Ask your child to guess the character.
Challenge: make this trickier by using just one word to describe the character.
Find an object
Think about the characters in the book you’re reading together.
- Put on a 2-minute timer.
- You both find an object in the house that best represents a character of your choice.
- Take it in turns to guess which character their object represents.
Challenge: make this trickier by saying the object must be in the room you’re currently in.
Use whatever you have in the house to recreate scenes from your favourite book. The more imaginative the better!
Ask your child to pick some of their favourite books and invent new, made-up titles for them. Can you match the new titles with the originals?
If you’re reading a picture book, choose a page with a detailed illustration.
- Give your child 90 seconds to look at the image and then cover it up.
- Can they remember everything on the page?
- Talk about how the picture looks compared to how it is described in words.