Make Book Reading a Sensory Experience

Book Reading a Sensory Experience

Ways to Make Book Reading a Sensory Experience

Making book reading a sensory experience can be fun when you involve the kids. We all use our senses to engage with and understand the world around us. The way that people interact with the world is different from person to person, and it can be especially particular for those on the spectrum. When it comes to special needs children, sometimes one or more senses are either over- or under-reactive to stimulation. Understanding how your child operates, what they respond to, and what they like can help make learning much more tangible for them. Reading a picture book aloud can be an active and engaging activity for children. It can be even more effective with the use of some simple strategies. Here are some ways how you can make reading a book aloud to your child more of a sensory experience.

Texture

Many children’s books might already have this ingredient, especially baby books. However,  for children on the spectrum, the addition of texture, fabrics, materials other than paper, and even props can help them engage with the story. If you have picture books, you can add your own textures with materials from any arts and craft stores such as felt, cotton balls, fur etc. where appropriate. You can customize books to be more interactive and encourage your child to interact with the book and the story even more.

Book Reading a Sensory Experience

Props and Visual Aids

Props and visual aids can be useful in many ways. It can help kids understand the story and recreate scenes and retell the story on their own. Thus, helping them retain information and develop a closer understanding of the story. Items like stuffed animals, toys resembling characters, felt board sets, sequencing cards, miniature objects and more can all be helpful and enriching.

Sounds

Adding sounds while reading can do a lot for kids, too.  You can ask your child to imitate farm animal sounds or any other actions that are included in the story like trains and cars. For kids who are minimally verbal or non-verbal, you can consider augmentative and alternative communication in place of sounds. This can include actions, miming, or pointing to certain things as they happen in the story.

Smell and Taste

Creating a more engaging atmosphere can be fun for reading, too. Adding candle scents or going outside to recreate the setting of the story can help your child  with their imagination. They can get a better grip on the characters are and what they are doing. If food or candy is mentioned, having some of the same on hand can be fun, and tasty, too.

Moving Around

This is a great way to not only add some exercise to your day but can make reading a far more active experience. You can get up and engage in the same activities as the characters in the story. You can also reenact entire scenes straight from the book. This encourages children to think about what the characters would do or what the story is about.  By approaching stories in different ways, you may find the one that reaches and affects your child the most.

Personalized Superhero Books Can Inspire Your Kid to Go Above and Beyond!

personalized superhero books

Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America; kids love superheroes, and it’s easy to understand why. They run, jump, fly, and most importantly, they protect the world from evil. In the eyes of a child, when they imitate a superhero, they, too, are doing something positive, and a personalized superhero book is the perfect way to encourage them to do so.

Through superhero play, kids gain a sense of confidence and build up their self-esteem. When they read about superheroes, these guardians become even more powerful, as children learn new stories and better relate to their favorite characters. Superhero stories can inspire children in so many ways, and if the books are personalized and feature the readers in them, the power, self-confidence, and inspiration that children will gain is even greater.

Here’s a look at some of the reasons why you should consider adding some personalized superhero books to your child’s library.

personalized superhero books

They Encourage Imaginative Play

Superhero books serve as an excellent source of inspiration for imaginative play on their own, but when your child is featured in the story, the inspiration is even greater.

In the age of technology, it’s easy for kids to forget how to play creatively. They become so dependent on their gadgets that it seems like they lose their imaginations. Give your child a personalized superhero book and a cape and watch as they bring the story to life!

Models Kindness

What’s any superhero’s top priority? – Defending the world from evil. In essence, these caped crusaders model kindness. When your child reads a personalized superhero book, she will be more inclined to treat others with the same kindness that her favorite characters exhibit.

Teaching kindness is so important during childhood. Kids are so impressionable. When they read stories about superheroes, they are more likely to emulate the compassion and thoughtfulness that their most loved characters exhibit. In a world that can sometimes be unjust and even cruel, superheros – and their qualities – are excellent role models.

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Personalized Superhero Books Encourage Bravery

From the first day of school to making presentations in front of a class, children – like adults – are faced with a lot of challenges. Unlike adults, however, many kids don’t yet know how to navigate through these challenges.

Personalized superhero books can serve as powerful tools to help your little one steer through the trials and tribulations they may experience. Courage is a quality that all superheros possess. When your child is turned into a superhero in a personalized story, they too possess the same bravery as the other characters in the book. The story will inspire them to apply the courageousness of their character in the story to real-life situations. What would the superhero version of your child do if they were nervous about the first day of school, or if they were confronted by a bully? When a young person is confronted with challenging situations, they might just use their personalized superhero book to help make it through.

Alone, superheros and reading are excellent tools for children; but when combined, they become the ultimate tool. Fill your child’s bookshelves up with personalized superhero stories and they’ll reap these benefits, and so many more!

Essential Picks for Your Baby’s First Library

babys first library

It’s common knowledge that reading is a fundamental part of learning for young children, but did you know that it’s just as important for babies? During the first year of life, a child’s brain develops at a rapid pace. Reading facilitates brain growth, expanding the synapses and positively impacting various developmental areas. It aids in speech development, teaches them about emotions, and even helps their vision. Plus, reading a baby book to your baby will help foster a lifetime love of learning, and it’s a great bonding experience, too!

Given how important reading is for babies, it’s no wonder there are countless books to choose from. But, which titles will your little one really love? Here’s a look at some classics that you should definitely consider adding to your baby’s first library.

babys first library

Bear Snores On

Written by Karma Wilson, Bear Snores On is a wonderful addition to a baby’s library. While Bear is hibernating, several friends seek shelter from the stormy weather in his cave. Several furry critters have a feast while the Bear snores on, but he eventually wakes and joins in on the fun.

The text is full of rhymes, making for a sing-song delight that your baby will be sure to love.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle is a beloved author of children’s literature, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of his most popular titles. The story of a caterpillar who eats his way through tons of snacks until he becomes a butterfly, this book introduces babies to the scientific concept of metamorphosis, while teaching them to count. The illustrations are colorful and interactive, which further enhance the delight of this book.

Goodnight Moon

This Margaret Wise Brown book is a must for your baby’s library. It’s the story of a bunny who says goodnight to everything in his room and the world that lies outside his window, just like most little children do before they go to bed. The story is told in rhyme, which makes it more engaging, and the illustrations alternate between bold colors to black and white. This is truly a classic that you are going to want to have in your little one’s library.

babys first library

Goodnight, Gorilla

Peggy Rathmann tells the story of a sneaky gorilla who leads himself and his animal friends into a zookeeper’s house for a sleepover. The story is told almost entirely in pictures, which are beautifully drawn. Being that there are very little words, you have the opportunity to tell the story however you want to, making it fresh and exciting every time you read it.

A Personalized Book

A personalized baby book, with baby’s name added into the story makes a great addition to any child’s first book collection. Hearing their own name will draw them in, encouraging them to engage with the books more and creating a lifelong love of reading. Plus, as they age, the personalized book will become a treasured keepsake, which reminds them of the times you spent reading together!

Are You My Mother?

In this timeless story by P.D. Eastman, a baby bird is looking for his mother and meets several different animals during his search. The use of repetitive phrases throughout the story will help to build baby’s vocabulary and recall. It also allows him to learn that everyone has a mom, even animals.

These amazing pieces of children’s literature will serve as an excellent foundation for your baby’s first library and prepare you for tons of reading fun with your little one.