Keeping Kids Busy…

by Kelsey Norwood

in Education, Media, & Literacy

picture books on cd for toddlers

Elliot LOVES to read, which is great, only it makes me so tired to read book after book after book to him! And frankly, sometimes the books are down right annoying and I can’t stand them.

So, I had an idea that I don’t at all mind saying is totally brilliant.

I just discovered that you can get picture books with audio CDs! I checked out a whole stack from the library, showed him how to use the CD player, and he’s been an independent reader ever since.

I still read to him, but now he can listen to longer books that I don’t really have the endurance to read out loud, and he can do it whenever he wants!

This is going to be a life saver for the first few weeks/month or so after our new baby arrives…and it may actually help him when it comes time to learn to read, who knows!

What tricks do you use to keep your little ones busy?!?


1 Michelle August 9, 2011 at 9:59 am

It will absolutely help him to read, and you know about requesting items from your local library, right? At least here in So Cal we have a service where you can go online, search a database and request virtually any item (including audiobooks!), they’ll contact you via email when it’s ready for pickup, and you just go and get it at your leisure! I *love* it.

My little one is always content with tons of scratch paper (I fold them in half and then staple the open ends together to make a book sometimes) and pens, markers, crayons, whatever. Or Play Doh is a good one (I spread out a plastic tablecloth under the coffee table first) or rubber stamps and a washable ink pad. She makes stories and scenes out of the pictures, adding her own elements and they turn out really neat! And my oldest? Just give her a book or magazine and she’s happy… :0)

2 Keri August 9, 2011 at 7:05 pm

I used this just yesterday so I could take a break and read a book myself. She was completely entertained and as a beginning reader, she could totally follow along.

3 Kelsey August 10, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Michelle, I wish our library system were like that here. I only have access to the (very small) library in my city. Fortunately I have connections at a few other larger and better funded libraries…

And making little books is a great idea! We do Play-doh sometimes, but it is very messy.

Elliot also loves sticker books and I have a little preschool workbook he likes too. It’s so great how learning at this age is the best entertainment!

4 Amy August 25, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I will also have to look into if our library has such a thing- this is such a great idea! I have seen the books where you can record your voice telling the story, but this is even better! It’s a good thing when kids love books, so hopefully he’ll keep enjoying it!

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