10 top tips for storytime
If you’re short on time, tell a short poem or pick a book you’re already familiar with.
Storytime tip 1
If you struggle to make storytime engaging for your kids, choose books with built-in sound effects/music and interactive visuals – and take some of the pressure off!
Storytime tip 2
If your child has a TV in their room, avoid having it on when they go to bed and read a story to them instead.
Storytime tip 3
If you feel embarrassed, get a partner or family member involved and tell the story together – sharing the parts makes a better story too.
Storytime tip 4
Make storytime part of the bedtime ritual, it should be something for children to look forward to, setting the scene for them to fall asleep seamlessly.
Storytime tip 5
Storytime doesn’t have to be fictional. Make it a two-way dialogue and ask your child to tell the story of their day.
Storytime tip 6
If it’s inconvenient to read a story to your child at bedtime, find a time that works as part of your routine – whether it’s something you do before dinner or at the weekend.
Storytime tip 7
Ease your child into the art of reading by choosing a book based on their favourite TV programme.
Storytime tip 8
If you don’t feel confident, prepare beforehand by reading the book to yourself and practising the rhythm of the words.
Storytime tip 9
*Research conducted by Alton Towers