Do your kids line up in a silent, still row and listen to you read aloud for hours on end?
I didn’t think so.
Having activities available to keep hands busy during read aloud time is a “mom hack” that has blessed our household for years! Even my littlest ones will stick around during our longer read aloud sessions when they have something to do while they listen.
Easy handicrafts like finger knitting or tube knitting
Colored pencils & paper (or print out coloring pages relating to your story)
Gum to chew
Read inside a homemade blanket fort
Geoboards with rubberbands
Play with dolls
Paper collages (pre cut construction paper and stick glue)