5 Tips for Enjoying Books with Kids and a Giveaway from Everywhere Tales
At Luxury Family Hotels we adore stories and books, as evidenced by the regular storytelling sessions in our OFSTED-registered Dens. So we’re delighted to bring you expert advice on enjoying books and stories with kids from the fabulous Everywhere Tales, who’ve just launched a range of children's clothing which combines play and storytelling in a unique and interactive way, with hidden pockets that open to become storyboards with hand-held felt characters. We’re also delighted to offer the chance for one lucky reader to win an Everywhere Tales giveaway.
• Read books and tell stories to your children in the daytime rather than thinking of it purely as a bedtime activity. At bedtime, parents are often keeping their eye on the clock, especially during termtime. There’s something hugely liberating and enjoyable about cuddling up with your child on the sofa in the morning or early afternoon and spending as long as you want inside the imaginative world of a story.
• Have fun while you’re telling a story. Whether you’re reading from a book or using props (puppets, toys, etc.), use different voices for the characters and take your time. It’s amazing what your imagination can come up with if you let yourself go. Remember, the moments you are creating between you and your child are more important than the story itself.
• For early readers, choosing picture books with speech bubbles in the illustrations is great for encouraging them to join in. Parents can read the bulk of the text while children can read the speech inside the bubbles. The ‘Happy Family’ series written by Allan Ahlberg and published by Puffin is a great example.
• If you’re lucky enough to have a library with a good children’s section near you, go and spend some time there. Browsing is the best way to find authors and stories you and your child have never read before. If you haven’t got a library, a good local bookshop serves the same purpose.
• Visit the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Buckinghamshire. Not only is Dahl one of most imaginative children’s authors the world has ever seen, the museum is set up to inspire invention and show how the most ordinary things can be turned into narrative gold. The Story Centre encourages visitors to create their own characters using a large variety of props, crafts and visual stimuli.
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