My son is now in that phase where it’s pretty difficult to grab his attention. He has become a busy bee exploring things around running and climbing everywhere. In addition to that, his vocabulary has grown and he knows a handful of words! But, unsure of when and where to use them. He wants to try a lot of things, all at once! Above all, it has become quite a task to get him to sit at a place, let alone read a book. That’s where interactive board books have become a savior for me.
Interactive board books are great to grab the attention of little ones and develop their love for reading. The benefits of interactive books are as listed below:
- Encourages active participation
- Develops an interest in reading
- Increases their vocabulary
- Enhances their imagination
- Gives a sense of real-time experience
- Experience multi-sensory interaction
- Improves fine motor skills
- Provides great bonding time
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Types of Interactive Board Books for Babies & Toddlers
There are various kinds of interactive books out in the markets today. Let me give you a brief idea about each of them, to help you choose the appropriate books for your child.
- Lift the flap books
- Pop-up books
- Slide and seek books
- Touch and feel books
- Board books with holes
- Sound or musical board books
- Board books with fun instructions
Lift the flap Books
Babies and toddlers love rhymes, repetition, and elements of surprise. For instance, you must have seen how much they giggle every single time you play the ‘Peek-a-boo’ game with them. Haven’t you? Lift-the-flap books use this simple concept to grab the attention of kids. Every page will have a flap and a surprise element hiding below it.
‘Where’s spot‘, ‘Dear Zoo‘, ‘Peekaboo Zoo‘, and ‘Where’s baby’s belly button‘ are some of our favorite among this category of books. However, the flaps in most of these books are made out of card stock paper and pretty fragile to be handled by little hands. So, you have to be careful. There are few books that come with felt flaps which can hold up some action and can be easily handled by the toddlers as well as babies. There is a ‘Where’s the‘ series by Nosy Crow & Ingela P Arrhenius which are great felt flap books.
Pop-up books are the ones where a picture pops up when you turn the page. For example, a frog opens its mouth to catch a fly! A dolphin jumps out of ocean! The page pops up into a vibrant landscape! Sounds fun, right? Kids enjoy the surprise factor and the vibrant illustration in these books a lot.
‘The wide mouthed frog‘ and the pop up peekaboo series are books that come under this category. The ‘Pop up peekaboo, Under the sea‘ book is pretty great. Also, there is another book ‘The color monster’ which has a beautiful story too. But, I would recommend it for children age 3+, or when they start understanding and being more vocal about expressing feelings.
Slide and Seek Books
Slide and seek board books are very similar to lift the flap books. But, as the name suggests, instead of lifting a flap, it comes with an option to slide a card out of the book to reveal something interesting. Apparently, this also uses the surprise factor to grab the attention of kids and make the book interesting. We were not great fans of these books as the sliding is not that smooth in most of the books available, and they can get ripped off easily too. But recently, we came across the slide and seek version of the classic ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?‘ by Eric Carle and absolutely loved it. Another book that has good reviews in this category is ‘Hoppity frog‘.
Touch And Feel Books
Touch and feel books are one of the first and best books you can introduce to a baby. It will have small patches of different textures embedded on the pages. These are great to grab the attention of the kids as they would love to touch and sense the various textures. Touch and feel books help them to understand their surroundings better and improve coordination.
The US borne ‘That’s not my‘ series are great touch and feel books. They come in perfect size with fun illustrations. I am a ‘dog person’ and my son too. Therefore, we love the ‘That’s not my puppy‘ book. The other ones are also great. So, choose the one which suits to your kid’s interest. The ‘Baby touch and feel‘ books are also great. We bought it when my son was around 10 months old and he loved it.
Interactive Board Books With Holes
Yes! The very hungry caterpillar book is a favorite of every kid! Firstly, because of Eric Carle’s beautiful illustrations. And then, the presence of those tiny holes on each page. It’s so much fun to see the caterpillar leaving from one hole to appear through another one on the next page. Certainly, kids have a curiosity to explore tiny spaces using their little fingers. Thank God for those outlet covers, or whoever invented those! Board books with holes use this concept to catch the attention of kids.
‘Peek-a-who‘ is a simple, yet beautiful book that comes in this category. The illustrations are very vibrant, but not too crowded which makes it a good book for babies. ‘There was an old lady who swallowed a fly‘ is yet another great choice. But, I would recommend it for kids age 2+.
Sound or Musical Books
The sound or musical board books produce interactive sound effects or music when you press the buttons provided on the sides of the book. For instance, if the book is about farm animals, it will have buttons for each animal and produces respective noises. These are multi-sensory and highly interactive books, which also help to improve their motor skills.
‘World of Eric Carle, Around the farm‘ book would be great choice when it comes to sound books. Eric Carle’s illustrations and farm animals! Both are absolute favorites among toddlers.
Interactive Board Books With Fun Instructions
These are my favorite kind of interactive books where each page contains instructions to do or find something. I know what you are thinking. Toddlers are usually not very interested in following instructions. But, these books have lots of fun and interesting elements embedded throughout each page. Also, these books are great if you want to include some indoor active sessions in your little one’s routine.
Without doubt, ‘Press here‘ would be the first suggestion by anyone who has read it. Such simple, yet brilliant illustrations! ‘Tap the magic tree‘ is another great book that comes in this category. Eric Carle’s ‘From head to toe‘ is also a good choice in which kids can actively enjoy imitating the animals and have fun.
In short, interactive board books make reading an equally fun experience for both you and your child. It’s so much joy to see your child’s little face filling up with a lot of emotions when you turn the pages of a book. In addition to that, these are also the kind of books that don’t get you bored even if read a thousand times.
I hope you found the article helpful! If you think I missed any type, please feel free to mention them in the comment box.
Thank you! 🙂