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Kids’ Activities Series: Audio Books

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Audio books are one of many kids’ activities that need little adult help but are fun for kids of all ages. Listening to audio books promotes a love of literature while it keeps kids engages for hours.

Age range: Preschool to teens
Number of children: One or more
Type of activity: fun for one, books, indoor activity

Description:

Maybe you think of audio books as a kids activity just good for entertaining in the car, but they are far more useful than that to the average work-at-home mom.

Listening to an audio book can keep a kid quietly engaged for hours as it helps teach language skills such as listening comprehension, vocabulary and pronunciation. And like wordless children's books, they can instill a love of literature before a child can read as well as help a teenager discover the classics.

Preparation:

If you take audio books out of your local library or purchase them, you will need a CD player or maybe even a cassette player.

Headphones help keep kids focused on the audio book. You can upload CDs on to your computer to play on an MP3 player, but that is time consuming. If you download audio books, you will need an MP3 player.

Keep in Mind:

Interest in and attention span for audio books varies by age. The youngest listener may need some adult interaction to stay focused. Audio books shouldn’t replace reading, but while you’re working is not the time to compel new or reluctant reader to tackle a difficult book.

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For a wide range of ages, these kids’ activities promote independence and teach kids to find their own fun...something a work-at-home mom appreciates. See other kids’ activities in this series.

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