Sharing a book with a child is fun. It's a time for affection, laughing and talking together. And it can also give children a head start in life and help them become lifelong readers.
Reading for at least 10 minutes every day is great for your child’s happiness, wellbeing and, of course, for improving their reading and writing.
That's why we want everyone, from little ones and teens to parents and grandparents, to read for just 10 minutes every day!
Join the Take 10 challenge
To inspire everyone to get reading and boost your wellbeing this Mental Health Awareness Week, join our Take 10 national moment at 10am on Tuesday 10 May 2022! Proudly supported by Wesleyan.
Grab your favourite book and get reading for 10 minutes on Tuesday 10 May at 10 am.
Ten tips to turn your child's Take 10 moment into a reading habit
The Take 10 challenge is not just for Mental Health Awareness Week. Follow our top tips to help turn your family's Take 10 moment into a reading habit:
- Create a routine, set a specific time each day to read that works best for your family. You could set up a cosy reading corner at home or be out and about!
- If your child is an independent reader, make sure you grab your favourite book to read as well to show them how important reading is to you.
- Set a timer to help you all hit 10 minutes.
- Turn off your phone or TV so there are no distractions.
- You could pop to the library to find the perfect book, magazine or comic for you and your children.
- Create a Take 10 reward board where everyone gets a star for every 10 minutes they read, and at the end of the week everyone can get a treat.
- Create a bookmark based on your child's favourite book or character.
- Get creative with technology and set up a Zoom call with loved ones who live far away. What better way to share the Take 10 challenge with family?
- Why not go digital and try one of many audio books to stir up creativity with reading?
- Read a book as a family and then find the movie that matches it so you can watch for family movie night.
The benefits of reading are endless
Making time to regularly read with your children can help them (and you!) to:
- Relax and unwind.
- Escape from the pressures of life.
- Improve memory, concentration and focus.