Interactive Books for 5 Year Olds
These interactive books for 5 year olds help keep your kids engaged in the reading process, making it a more rewarding activity for both parent and child.
Reading with children brings many benefits besides improving their reading skills. It is a great chance for you to form a stronger bond with your kids by helping them to read and thus having a regular, shared event with them. It also allows them to expand their vocabulary, improve their concentration levels and, in the case of non-fiction books, spark their curiosity about the world around them.
Yet it’s clear that reading with your children can also bring some challenges. It can sometimes be difficult to keep them engaged for extended periods, and an inability to understand concepts or words in the book can turn into a source of frustration for kids. That’s where interactive books come in. They keep children interested by involving them in the reading process and also allow for greater interaction between parent and child during reading.
In this blog we’re going to pick out some of our favourite interactive books for 5 year olds, but before we do that let’s take a look at what actually constitutes an interactive book.
What Are Interactive Books?
As we touched upon, children tend to be more involved in the reading process when it comes to interactive books. Traditionally these books include things like pop-ups, flaps and textures, though modern interactive books include more digital elements to engage the reader. One such example of an interactive book is a ‘pop-up book‘, which features 3D pages and elements that (sometimes literally) jump off the page.
In recent years the growing popularity of the Kindle and other tablets has moved many interactive books online. Interactive e-books can now include a range of accompanying sound effects, read aloud words and videos. These types of books have undoubtedly added a new dimension to interactive books for children, though questions have been raised about the potential issues with excessive screen time for kids which can also affect their concentration span.
The Benefits of Interactive Books
Interactive books can bring reading to life, involve children in the reading process and help struggling readers to engage with the activity. These things can all mean that kids start to form a positive connection with reading. This makes it easier for them to read and subsequently learn new things.
Interactive books also allow for more interaction between parent and child. You can ask your kids more questions about the book, relate these to children’s own experience about the subject, and even perform the interactive elements together. This is not always possible when leafing through a traditional book together, which can sometimes feel like a one-way process .
Simply put, interactive books bridge the gap between learning and enjoyment. They are a great way of developing your child’s cognitive skills, yet can also be a fun family activity. Children can start to associate learning with fun rather than seeing the two as independent things.
Our Favourite Interactive Books for 5 Year Olds
Interactive books come in many different formats. Talking books for children combine the audiovisual elements of an e-book with the benefits of physical books – without any screen time. They work by including a talking pen with the physical book, which is used to read invisible code embedded within the book. When you or your child touches parts of the book with the pen, it reads out either a narration of the text on the page or specific words related to the section. Not only do these books help your children with their pronunciation, but they allow your kids to go through the book at their own pace and learn to learn independently.
The My First Discoveries Torchlight series are another great example of interactive books. They come with a special torch that children can use to illuminate certain parts of the page. This activity brings learning to life and also adds a heightened sense of discovery to the reading experience.
We’re big believers in bringing learning to life through interactive books, beautiful illustrations and audiovisual elements. Whether your child is learning English as a second language, struggling with reading traditional books or you simply want to widen their understanding of the world, interactive books can bridge that gap between learning and enjoyment.