05 April 2017
To celebrate Easter this year BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, has created a list of tips and ideas to help you get your child reading this Easter.
BookTrust knows from working with parents and carers that reading with your little-ones and keeping them engaged with a book is not always easy, especially during school holidays when they would rather play or watch TV than pick up a book. These ideas for Easter fun aim to encourage positive reading habits and make books as enjoyable as possible.
Going on a Book Hunt
Everyone enjoys the fun of an Easter Egg Hunt, why not add an alternative twist to the activity and include some books to find as well as well as the eggs.
Books in the garden
Give your children books, alongside their footballs and kites, to enjoy when they are outside in the garden playing during the holidays. Then they can look at a book as a break from playing, encouraging them to read for enjoyment and keeping them entertained for longer.
Over the Easter holidays why not check out your local library or bookshop, there will be lots of special activities on for you and your family to enjoy.
Books, cuddles and chocolate
Chose some books to read together whilst you eat your Easter Eggs. Story time is the perfect time to snuggle down with a delicious treat and a lovely book away from noise, television and mobile phones.
Making noises or sound effects when reading with your children helps bring the story to life. Pick an Easter-themed book and ask your children to make a bunny sound every time they see a bunny, this should make you both laugh.
BookTrust Chief Executive Diana Gerald said:“Encouraging reading enjoyment from a young age helps children on their reading journeys. Research shows reading for pleasure can have many positive impacts on a child’s life. We appreciate that sometimes keeping your children entertained over the Easter holidays can be a challenge, we hope parents and carers find the book recommendations and fun reading ideas helpful when encouraging their children to read for pleasure this Easter.”