I recently wrote a post on the importance of reading with toddlers. But how can you encourage a small person to take the time to look at books on their own? It’s easy for us to ask our little ones to sit still as we read them a story but we want that to manifest into something more. We want to encourage a love of reading in kids, and I have the perfect tip to do so.
Kids are naturally drawn to bright colors and things that look fun so why not use this information to create something that could very well be their favorite place in the house and will leave them wanting to embrace this space and use it for reading?
That’s right! If you’re thinking what I’m thinking, then we’re going to create a reading corner.
Creating A Reading Corner
A reading corner for your little one doesn’t have to be expensive or large, it can simply be a corner in your living room or family room that is just for your toddler or young one. You’ll want to make this space inviting for your little one with colorful pictures and somewhere to store their books.
Because this space is for your kid or kids, you want to think like a child when creating it. For me, this was drawing kid’s pictures, the alphabet, and finding little trinkets I could put on the wall to make it fun. Be however creative you want to be.
Your art work doesn’t have to be bought at a store, use this as a way to do something fun with your toddler. Get nontoxic kids paint, or markers and a nice size paper or even a poster board and make a nice picture together. Because my little one is so small I did this art work myself.
If you’re not the creative type or don’t know how to draw a simple trick is using a coloring book. Color the pictures nicely and to make them last you can take them to your local staples to have them laminated. Believe me, this is much cheaper than shelling out a bunch of money for kid’s artwork.
Putting a word on the wall also makes it fun for the kids. I chose to put READ and I got the letters from Michael’s. They only had white so I painted them navy blue and got some gold star stickers for 2$ and put them on it and made it look like a night sky.
The sun, moon, and stars are simple pictures drawn and colored on white paper then laminated to make it last.
Be Frugal, Reuse Materials
When I had Jayden’s birthday party, I had his name spelled out on his candy table using a Dr. Seuss theme and because I saved the letters I was able to use them here which is perfect for a reading corner.
Because I wanted to be frugal but use up the space I went through the house to see what else I could use for this project. The large tree picture with the owl is actually an old cardboard box I had lying around so I opened it up and painted the picture on it. The gold frame around it is just gold duct tape to make it look pretty.
The pillows on the floor I already had but if you are looking for cheap pillows and covers, these come from IKEA. The pillow inserts are 6$ and the covers are 4$. The floor mats and pad I already had from Jayden’s playroom so I moved things around to make this happen.
Another alternative is purchasing a floor seat cushion to sit on and these could last for a while.
If you don’t want to spend money, consider using teddy bears instead. Which is what I did originally before changing my mind, but either work.
This could be the case for you as well. Take a look around the house and see what pillows or kids’ stuff you can reuse for your kids’ reading corner and this project will be easier than you think. It took me a total of two days.
Enjoy Your Space
I honestly believe that creating a space for your little one to read sets the tone for helping them to see just how important this is for them. Using an array of colors and things that invite them could bring your kids to want to enjoy this space and use it daily.
If you want to get them started on this journey, once you finish your reading corner, use it as a space to sit with them and read a story or two and before you know it they will be reading all on their own.
Looking for books for your space? When I was shopping for books for Jayden I found that Amazon sells a bunch or kids books gently used. You don’t have to purchase every book brand new. Reused books are just as great and once your child grows out of them you can pass them on.
My son is only 20 months old and he can’t read yet but he loves to look at his books and I love to read to him before we go to bed. I really believe that putting this routine in motion sets your child up for successful school years and instills a value in them to want to learn and love to read.
It also encourages imaginative thinking and creativity.
Do you have a reading corner in your house? I would love to hear about your experience with creating one and how your child likes it. I’m sure other moms would love to hear about it as well. Please feel free to leave a comment below. Thanks for reading my latest post.