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Reading                                       

  • Read aloud. Whatever the child’s age, whatever you read, reading aloud has been proven to engage children with reading.
  • Have books in the home. Children who have books of their own are twice as likely to enjoy reading as those who don’t own books.
  • Introduce your child to a wide variety of books. Books come in all shapes and sizes – squashy books, books which make noises, ‘touchy feely’ books.
  • Repetition – reading the same book over and over again helps to build brain development.

Sam the Story Tram – Top 5 Tips

Singing

  • Listen to music together – in the car and at home.
  • Sing songs and nursery rhymes – use actions and puppets and toys to make it even more fun!
  • Make some noise together – animal sounds, musical sounds- loud, soft, fast and slow.
  • Pause and wait for your child to sing key words in a song they know well.
  • Check out Parent Child Mother Goose program together.
  • The Hanen Centre’s guide to singing with toddlers.

Talking

  • Everywhere you go, talk about what you see.
  • It’s never too early to start sharing stories. Point out the pictures and encourage talking.
  • Encourage your child to join in or finish phrases with stories they know well.
  • Point out signs and words all around you: on food packets in the supermarket, on buses, in newspapers, in recipes, on road signs.
  • Play games like ‘I spy’

Playing

  • Add props or puppets to your reading of a picture book.
  • Babies love to watch and copy your face – smile, talk, sing, make a funny face.
  • Play ‘Peekaboo’.
  • Use simple and safe home objects to create play experiences.
  • Talk about what your child is doing as you play together.
  • Join a local playgroup session.
  • Find a playgroup near you – Playgroups Victoria

Multicultural Language Resources

Multicultural families may wish to keep their young children connected to their home language and cultural identity while learning a new language. Please refer to the following resources as a guide.

Activities and resources to do at home with children

Activities and resources to help support children at home during coronavirus.

  • Goldfields Library – library storytellers are regularly recording storytime sessions so children can read, sing and dance along to books, songs and rhymes online storytime sessions at home.
  • Library In Your Loungeroom – provides a range of educational, entertaining and informative resources that are free and easily accessible from home. 
  • Staycation Kit – 10 simple ways you can talk, read, sing, and play your way through the day – for children aged 0-6 years of age.
  • Free Subscription – a list of educational organisations offering free subscriptions – all ages.
  • Protecting Children During Coronavirus – resources for parents including links to comic books and colouring in sheets explaining coronavirus – all ages. 
  • Managing Coronavirus Anxiety – 10 ways to support mental health during the coronavirus – all ages.  

Useful Websites and Apps

Baby Karaoke for iOS and Android