The Magic Touch
We all know books are magic. They can transport us to other worlds, teach us a new skill, and broaden our horizons on any subject our hearts desire. But did you know that books for infants are a major tool in tactile learning? More specifically, touch and feel books, made especially for babies and toddlers.
Moving an infant's hands over the textured pages of a board book not only heightens the sense of touch, but also accelerates and improves eye muscle development. Describing what baby is touching and the sensation it causes is also neccessary for brain development. For example: "The lamb's wool is soft. Softness is nice."
In fact, according to an article by Fairy Dust Teaching, "Touch is one of the most important components of bonding with another person".
Now, what happens when we introduce a baby to a new object?
Usually, depending on the age, baby's first instinct is to put said object into his mouth. That's the way babies develop a sense of their surroundings from the start - tasting and touching.
Well, good news! There are plenty of books for infants from the moment their little eyes open!
Text or no text, books are essential to a child's love of learning for a lifetime, and reading together is key to strengthing the bonds between parent and child. The lilt of a parent's voice as they read aloud, the snuggling that occurs during reading time, the tiny hands opening and grasping at the pages of a colorful book - all of these moments are priceless and help to stimulate developing senses.
Babies depend on their sense of touch to explore the world outside of the womb; it's never too early to start exploring that world together.