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Bedtime Stories: 3 Amazing Ways To Read Stories Before Going to Bed

by Team Skillmatics on February 22, 2024

When we reminisce about the older times of our childhood days, don’t we often talk about or cherish those tranquil moments when our parents or grandparents used to tuck us into bed, and our sleepy eyes eagerly awaited the enchanting bedtime stories?

Bedtime stories for kids always count for one of the best memories spent with our family at home. It’s the little moments like this that keep us going no matter how hard life gets. Don’t you want the same for your little ones?

Bedtime stories aren't just about lulling children to sleep; they also hone kids’ imagination, improve their language efficiency and fluency, bond the kids with the story narrator, and instill a love for storytelling that lasts a lifetime. When reading good bedtime stories to your children helps them grow such essential life skills, why skip it?

Let’s explore how parents can make storytime for kids so fun that kids look forward to this reading session and make your nightly routine truly unforgettable. But before that, you need to know the tricks and tips to pick books containing bedtime stories with pictures.

How to Choose the Right Story Book For Bedtime Storytelling?

Selecting the perfect bedtime storybook isn't merely about grabbing the first title you see. There are numerous books published online and offline that do not offer any real value to kids or contain stories unfit for kids. It's about creating an experience that your child takes interest in, and grows their passion for reading.

So here are a few tips to help parents pick the right book for nighttime stories:

  • Choose storybooks designed for your child's age, and developmental stage.
  • Colourful books with vibrant illustrations keep them hooked to the story time and sharpen their imagination skills
  • Start with easy books that your child doesn’t struggle to understand
  • Do not always only focus on stories; make the nighttime reading session fun by choosing books that are exciting to look at while also being educational like Peek-A-Boo Cloth Book.
  • Extend the reading session by upgrading it from only storytime to a play session with My Storybook Art Kit which is more about improving cognitive skills, vocabulary, language skills and concentration

Benefits Of Bedtime Stories For Kids

Studies show that bedtime stories highly benefit kids by improving their ideation and conceptualisation strength along with language skills. But there’s more to the story. Daily sessions for night stories boost kids’ cognitive skills, make them more empathetic, hone emotional intelligence, and bond parents with children while also making your little one feel secure around the storyteller. These stories ingrain in kids’ brains so deeply that they carry with them the knowledge gained from them throughout their lives. So being a bit judicious with the bedtime stories for newborns can shape their lives for good.

3 Interactive Ways to Read Night Stories

While nighttime story sessions might seem constant since time immemorial, it's far from the truth. There are proven ways that make bedtime stories more entertaining, interactive, learning-friendly and intriguing. Let’s find them out:

1. Character Voice Modulation in Night Stories

Storytime is not a reading session. Blandly narrating the story doesn’t invoke any emotions in kids and it’s also devoid of the compelling factor that draws kids to stories. The only way to bring characters to life is by infusing your storytelling with dynamic voice modulation. Whether it's mimicking the gruff growl of a fearsome dragon or the gentle lilt of a fairy's song, make the most of your storytelling session by shifting your voice, tone and narration style as each character unfolds.

The Peek-A-Boo cloth book by Skillmatics proudly exhibits all the elements (illustrations)present in it to imitate animal voices and make the storytime session convivial. With its washable pages and cotton flaps inside, you don’t need to worry about making it dirty.

Even our verified customers like Patricia and Hansana have readily agreed to the fact that their babies love the book and they are happy with the purchase.

2. Podcast Short Bedtime Stories

Busy parents often struggle to keep up with the routine of maintaining a regular storytime session. If it’s your story, don’t shy away from embracing the boons of the digital age we are living in. Every parent now owns at least one mobile phone. So simply hop on to YouTube on your mobile and browse through hundreds, if not thousands of kids’ channels like Skillmatics that post short bedtime stories and games online.

When the night hits, play the chosen story on the speaker and you just lay beside the little one to accompany him/her and not make him/her feel lonely.

Kids often grow a habit of penning down their own stories by being regularly involved in storytime sessions. These stories shed light on their thought process or emotional well-being. It’s also a great practice to brush up on little ones’ vocabulary and writing proficiency. If you are willing to inspire your children to grow this same habit, the only way to do so is by handing him/her over Skillmatics’ My Storybook Art Kit. This kit includes writing prompts and colourful stickers that influence the little ones to think outside the box and come up with creative narratives.

Our verified customer Vineeta has readily agreed in the same tone while talking about the art kit that her daughter loves drawing on the books.

3. Puzzle Storytelling

Skillmatics’ Floor Puzzle Game is the ideal play tool for toddlers around 3 to 7 years old. When parents are scouring through the net or the shelves of local brick-and-mortar kid's stores to find games that engage their child's critical thinking skills, puzzle storytelling comes to the rescue.

Puzzles are known to improve or hone kids’ spatial skills. And these puzzle games by Skillmatics also help kids identify animals, construction site tools and vehicles, and up in space beauties. So it’s undoubtedly beneficial to encourage them to piece together the puzzle to match it with the image supplied in the game box, find items/animals mentioned in the cards, solve riddles, and enjoy this not-so-traditional yet fun storytelling adventure. The jumbo puzzle pieces that come with the game make it perfect for toddlers or kids who are playing puzzle games for the first time or the 100th time. The flamboyant puzzle pieces and pictures are a joy to look at for both kids and parents.

Among our verified clientele base, the reviews of both Madison Layla and Michael B. say the same thing. Both of them nod their heads in optimism that their kids cannot have enough of the puzzle game and love it.

As we now know how storytime for kids is not just storytime, rather it’s a medium to positively influence your children's lives/growth. Bedtime stories have always been a part of a kid's routine and it should not be disturbed.

While all these are true, kids’ storytelling sessions have gone through immense changes and it doesn’t need to be as it always was. Skillmatics’ kid-friendly games like My Quiet Book help kids refine essential skills like tying shoe laces, buttoning, unbuttoning, zipping up-down, and several other life skills that make living this life easier. Browse through our heavily functional, durable, safety-certified kids’ games that promise countless adventures yet to unfold.


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