Literacy, Reading, Tips

Attach a buggy book and learn on the move

September 05, 2018

Books are lovely shared in cosy nooks at home or at the library but you can share them anywhere. In fact, the more opportunities you can create to read with your child, the better!

Buggy books are great for this as you can attach them to your pram – making them available when you’re out and about.

When your child is mouthing or flicking through the book:

Talk about the pictures

Name and talk about what you can see in each picture or on each page.

Point out the action words

You can act out the action words like “singing” and “laughing”. You can also point out actions you can see around you such as “eating”, “sleeping”, “driving “or “running”. Young children need to learn action words to help expand their vocabulary.

Sing songs that relate to the story

You can extend the learning your child gets from reading by adding a song that relates to the book. If you’re reading Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox for example, try singing Mary had a little lamb or Baa baa black sheep after you finish.

Here’s some other ideas to match books with songs:

  • Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell / Old MacDonald had a farm
  • Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox / Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury / We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
  • The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle / Incy Wincy Spider
  • Hairy Maclary series by Lynley Dodd / BINGO
  • Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins /1,2,3,4,5 once I caught a fish alive
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown / Twinkle twinkle little star

Keep it interesting

Rotate books you take with you on outings and keep more in your bag so you can pull them out when you’re waiting, feeding or just relaxing in the park.

Hint: Your child learns more if they can see your face and the book as you read and talk about the story together. Try leaning down if they are in a pram or sitting next to each other.

Visit your local library to find more books you and your child will enjoy or join a rhyme time or story time session today!