Toddler doesn’t like reading? Here’s what you should do

October 11, 2019
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    Not sure how to keep your restless toddler’s attention during reading time?

    Librarians Norlizah Mohd Juffri and Lim Sieu Pin from the National Library Board share five easy tips.

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  • Play and read
    2 / 6 Play and read

    Try reading interactive books with her. Look for those with fun puppets, different textures (rough, smooth or shiny surfaces, for example) and flaps that lift to reveal an animal hidden behind.

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  • Observe her preferences
    3 / 6 Observe her preferences

    Does she like a particular activity, toy or game (peek-a-boo, for example)? Link it to a book that can be read together.

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  • Dramatise the story
    4 / 6 Dramatise the story

    Narrate in high-pitched and funny voices for various characters or role-play and add imaginative elements. For example, try asking your toddler to choose what goes into the main character’s bedroom.

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  • Don't just read
    5 / 6 Don't just read

    Singing helps expose your young child to the sounds and rhythms of language, so stock up on nursery rhyme books. You can also add actions or simple dance movements.

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  • Surround her with books
    6 / 6 Surround her with books

    Be sure that your little one always has ready access to literature wherever she is. Add one or two titles to your diaper bag. And, of course, take advantage of the resources that public libraries have to offer.

    (Photos: 123RF.com)

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