Mix Things Up! Getting Creative With Reading

Every night I read 2-3 books to my four year old son Johnny and my two year old daughter Layla.  We typically sit in Layla’s room (which is still the nursery because I am lucky enough that she has never tried to climb out of her crib!).  Her room has a big, white comfy chenille upholstered rocking chair that the three of us squeeze into.  It’s tight and I won’t lie, there are often fights between the two about arms or feet touching, or one is distracting the other by holding their favorite toy.  That all aside, it’s the best, and I LOVE that special time with the kids.

Recently I have noticed they often want to play more with toys than have me read to them – not necessarily at night before bed, but during the day.  I know this probably has a lot to do with the excitement of new Christmas toys…but I love reading to them and I want to keep it fun for them as well.

I have decided to “mix things up” and surprise them with new spaces where we can read together.  I’ve come up with the following ideas:

  • Read in their closets with the lights off using a flashlight.
  • Drape a few blankets over our small round kitchen table and make a tent so we can read together in a “hide-out”.
  • Play preschool in the basement and pretend I am Johnny’s teacher reading his class a book.
  • Read to them while eating lunch.  Hey – this might even get them to eat their veggies without thinking or whining about it!
  • Read on the bed together.
  • Read in mommy and daddy’s bed together.
  • Go to the library.
  • Have them read to me.  This is really fun with board books, I love hearing their interpretations of each page!

Do you have a special place that you read to your children? Leave us a comment and tell us how you “mix things up”!

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