Fill a Wait Time with Reading! 25th October 2017 – Posted in: Inspirations – Tags:

Encourage your little one to learn by playing these enjoyable games next time you’re in a line or waiting room!

Finding things to pass even a brief wait can be challenging with little ones. You will find yourself attempting to keep youngsters engaged in all types of situations, from waiting for the physician to standing in a long line at the Imtiaz store.

Listed below are some enjoyable, simple activities that benefit from your surroundings and can keep children occupied.  Keeping children engaged and active helps their brains develop and gets them ready to learn. The more stimulation and interaction that a little one has with their surroundings (being read to, playing, talked to) the stronger the connections, or wiring, within the brain become.


  • Letter Hunt


Words and letters are all around us, all the time. See if you can find a word or letters of the alphabet in order by spying them in your surroundings. In case your youngster isn’t sure about what a letter looks like, point it out and then see if your child can find it elsewhere. At all times be encouraging and positive. For instance, in the event they point to an incorrect letter, inform them “No, that’s a C. Can you find an O?” and point out the distinction between the 2 letters.


  • I’m Thinking of a …..


Think of an animal. Have your kid guess what animal it is by giving clues. “I’m thinking of an animal. It lives on a farm and has 4 legs.” Many children’s books feature funny animal stories. Select an animal that you may have recently read about to remind your little one about how much fun it was to read the book. Making books enjoyable is a vital part of getting a child to love to read.


  • Rhyme Time


See if your kid can rhyme with you. “See if you can think of a word that has an ending part like CAT. Something like BAT. What else can you think of?” Encourage them to sound out the rhyming a part of the word. If they’ve trouble, recommend words and ask them if they rhyme. Sometimes use words that don’t rhyme. “Does dog rhyme with cat? No? What about bat?” Make suggestions.


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