Did Mummy make a mistake? When you pretend to get a word wrong in a story, you’ll get your child’s attention – and help them to read.

What you need

You and your child

A favourite storybook


Developing vocabulary

Learning words

Increasing confidence and having fun

And don’t forget, the everyday things you do together make a big difference and can help your child to grow up healthier and happier.

How long will it take?

15 mins

What to do

  1. While you’re reading a story that you both know well, try saying the wrong word and see if your child corrects you.
  2. Call the Gruffalo a buffalo, or change the "Tiger Who Came to Tea" to the "Banana Who Came to Tea". It’ll make them laugh, and they’ll want to show how much they know.

    mum and son reading