From the moment they’re born, babies’ earliest years are filled with continual growth, change, and development. Whether it’s through pretend play, musical games, or reading, babies and toddlers are constantly learning. Reading in particular brings many developmental benefits for little ones, so storytime should be part of every day, even for newborns. Here, we have a look at just five of the reasons to spend time reading to your child.   1.	To promote language and communication skills   Long before babies can say their first word, their language and communication skills are developing. Regularly reading a variety of books to your baby supports and enhances this important area of development. Not only does storytime encourage pre-verbal communication skills, but it allows babies to understand a wider spectrum of words sooner and more easily than babies whose caregivers do not read to them frequently. When the time comes to speak, toddlers will also have an enriched vocabulary beyond household words and expressions, and will be able to master the fundamentals of language more easily when they go to school.  2.	To nurture a love of reading   Making storytime fun and interactive by using exaggerated voices and incorporating musical toys will teach your baby to associate reading with play, relaxation and enjoyment. Fostering this positive attitude towards reading is known as instilling ‘print motivation’, giving your child a lifelong love of books and reading.  3.	To improve concentration, memory and attention span  Although your baby may squirm and wriggle about at first during storytime, reading together every day promotes concentration abilities. Children who are read to regularly will also develop a stronger sense of self-discipline, heightened memory retention and a longer attention span—skills that will serve them well throughout their academic and professional lives.  4.	To support logical thinking skills  When you read to babies and toddlers, it improves their ability to think logically, solve problems, identify cause and effect, and understand abstract concepts. These skills all contribute to the development of good judgment, which becomes especially important as toddlers enter school and begin interacting with a much wider circle of children.  5.	It’s quality bonding time  While there are many developmental advantages, we can’t forget the quality time that’s shared between caregivers and little ones during storytime. Reading to your baby or toddler is the ideal opportunity to snuggle up together and enjoy a lovely read—the perfect way to end every day.  Along with storytime, children should enjoy lots of stimulating play with toys designed to support development. At The Little Woodpecker, we provide eco-friendly educational toys of the highest quality specifically for little ones under the age of five. For more information, contact us today.

From the moment they’re born, babies’ earliest years are filled with continual growth, change, and development. Whether it’s through pretend play, musical games, or reading, babies and toddlers are constantly learning. Reading in particular brings many developmental benefits for little ones, so storytime should be part of every day, even for newborns. Here, we have a look at just five of the reasons to spend time reading to your child.

1. To promote language and communication skills

Long before babies can say their first word, their language and communication skills are developing. Regularly reading a variety of books to your baby supports and enhances this important area of development. Not only does storytime encourage pre-verbal communication skills, but it allows babies to understand a wider spectrum of words sooner and more easily than babies whose caregivers do not read to them frequently. When the time comes to speak, toddlers will also have an enriched vocabulary beyond household words and expressions, and will be able to master the fundamentals of language more easily when they go to school.

2. To nurture a love of reading

Making storytime fun and interactive by using exaggerated voices and incorporating musical toys will teach your baby to associate reading with play, relaxation and enjoyment. Fostering this positive attitude towards reading is known as instilling ‘print motivation’, giving your child a lifelong love of books and reading.

3. To improve concentration, memory and attention span

Although your baby may squirm and wriggle about at first during storytime, reading together every day promotes concentration abilities. Children who are read to regularly will also develop a stronger sense of self-discipline, heightened memory retention and a longer attention span—skills that will serve them well throughout their academic and professional lives.

4. To support logical thinking skills

When you read to babies and toddlers, it improves their ability to think logically, solve problems, identify cause and effect, and understand abstract concepts. These skills all contribute to the development of good judgment, which becomes especially important as toddlers enter school and begin interacting with a much wider circle of children.

5. It’s quality bonding time

While there are many developmental advantages, we can’t forget the quality time that’s shared between caregivers and little ones during storytime. Reading to your baby or toddler is the ideal opportunity to snuggle up together and enjoy a lovely read—the perfect way to end every day.

Along with storytime, children should enjoy lots of stimulating play with toys designed to support development. At The Little Woodpecker, we provide eco-friendly educational toys of the highest quality specifically for little ones under the age of five. For more information, contact us today.