Teach Your Preschooler to Love Reading by Building

Teach Your Preschooler to Build A House with Reading

The tale of Hansel and Gretel teaches your preschooler to Build A House with Reading


To encourage a preschooler’s interest in books about buildings you can use everyday items to build a small sculpture.

You need a paper plate, toothpicks, graham crackers and gumdrops. The candy serves as Tinker toys for tiny fingers. An alternative is using pretzel sticks for toothpicks and colored marshmallows for gumdrops.

Gumdrops are easy for preschoolers to pick up.

Gumdrops are easy for preschoolers to pick up.


Show your child how to assemble walls, roof, door using the food items. Children will like the soft textures of the foods. This activity could accompany a reading of Hansel and Gretel, castles, farm stories and other books with a focus on buildings. Have fun!

New Feature! Reading Tips for Preschoolers

John and Maddie look at penguins at the zoo. At home they looked at a book of animals.

John and Maddie look at penguins at the zoo. At home they looked at a book of animals.

My husband and I have a 3-year-old adopted granddaughter named Maddie. We call her ‘adopted’ because her parents are good friends of ours and they allow us to entertain her sometimes. It’s great fun for John and me. He was a great help with her at the zoo recently—he figured out how to assemble her stroller and buckle her into the car seat!

Being a children’s book author, I especially love to read to Maddie. I’m always looking for creative ways to make reading fun for her. I thought, ‘Why not share ideas with my readers about fun ways to read with a child on my blog?’

I plan to share some of our favorite ideas here weekly along with a picture of the book we read. Most of the ideas will be relevant for preschoolers but you could adapt them for older children.

Animals in the Zoo by Beth and William Hoos

Animals in the Zoo by Beth and William Hoos

Today’s Reading Tip– This is simple. Following an adventuresome day such as a trip to the zoo, read a book to your child about what you saw/did. John read a book to Maddie that contained pictures of many of the animals we saw at the zoo. He reminded her of the Hornbill bird and feeding the goats and riding the pony. She pronounced all of the names correctly and it reinforced the day’s events.

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Please let me know if you use one of the reading ideas posted here. If you come up with your own, I’d love to hear about that too! Send a photo if you like of you and your child reading together. Most of all, have fun reading with your child, no matter the ages!

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