Stuffed Animals Can Promote Reading
Date posted: March 10, 2017
We know that reading aloud to dogs can help children who are struggling. New research from Okayama University, Kanazawa University, Osaka Institute of Technology and Kyushu University in Japan shows that stuffed animals can also be an effective way of getting children to read. The experiment and what they discovered is described in Sleepovers with stuffed animals help children learn to read.
Stuffed animal sleepover programs are designed to get children interested in picture books. Children take their toys to the library for the night, where the stuffed animals search for books they want to read. Staff and volunteers take photos of the animals exploring the library and reading. The next day children retrieve their stuffed animals and the photos. The children are also given the books the animals chose to read. The study, the first to collect evidence on the impact of these programs, found that children who participated in these programs showed interest in the books and began to read to their stuffed animals. While the effect wasn’t long lasting, it was easy to use the photos to renew the children’s interest.
For other ideas on using stuffed animals to promote reading and writing in children, read Stuffed Animals as Reading and Writing Buddies.