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”!