7 Ways to Make Reading Fun!

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~ Dr. Seuss


Jumping into a good book is like taking your mind on an amazing expedition. Through
reading and writing, anything is possible. Creating worlds with talking animals, alternate universes, aliens and more!

Unfortunately, not everyone has a natural taste for reading. Depending on a child’s learning style, reading and writing may feel more like a chore. As a parent, it is your job to convince them reading is fun! This may be difficult, but there are many ways to encourage a child to love reading.

How can we ignite a child’s passion for reading?


Read the Right Book


Choose or let your child pick a book that they can relate too. If they play sports, love camping or dancing, for example, find a book that encompasses those topics.
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Books are more enjoyable to read when you’re interested in the topic and want to know more.

Choose a book that is on your child’s reading level. Sometimes reading can be overwhelming when you don’t understand the words or is too long for them. A simple way to tell if a book is on your child’s reading level is by using the five finger rule. Read the first page, and have your child hold up a finger for every word they don’t know. If they don’t understand five or more words, they may not be ready to read that book yet. That is okay! Everyone learns at his or her own pace and overbook they read improves their reading level!

Read a variety of material – stories, poems, information books, newspaper articles and comics for your child. Show them all the forms literature comes in. Maybe they would prefer to read short stories and poems instead of chapter books?

 

Create a Reading Space

Finding a quiet place to sit down and read a book is a great start a habit of settling down and focusing on reading. Create a calm and inviting environment where your child feels completely comfortable spending time with their favourite characters, and getting lost in a beautiful story. This should be a place where their imagination can run wild.

Lead by example! Make time for yourself to read a book as well. Go to your reading place and read your books silently together. This is also a great way for family bonding time.

My little bookcase has a wonderful list of reading space ideas here.

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Bring the Book to Life 

Try and plan ahead if the book is spooky and Halloween related, dress up in costume and read it by flashlight. If it about going to the beach, read it at the beach! By doing this, you’re bringing another element to the story. Visual and kinesthetic learners really connect when they feel physically involved.

Three vintage witches perform magic ritualWhen reading a story with dialogue change voices or share the reading by assigning a character to each reader.

Ask questions about what they are reading! How do they feel about the characters? What do you think will happen next? Can they relate to the characters? As your child becomes more familiar with books and reading, ask questions about the structure. Who is the protagonist? When you ask questions and discuss what they are reading it makes them think and question what they just read helping their reading comprehension.

Many books now have apps and videos you can watch and play along with. For an introduction to book and reading, W5Go’s app on books and reading explains the many kinds of books and reading material available and when we use each one.


Library Dates

Set a day once or twice a month where you go to the library to discover a new book. Make a date of it, grab a hot cocoa and settle in for some family bonding time! Also, many libraries offer programs for kids or reading clubs your child can join!270249

Bringing a child to a library promotes being social and creates a sense of community. They can see a world of different books, and meet new people that also enjoy reading. The library community helps a child feel more comfortable with talking about what they are reading, their thoughts and feelings about a book. Joining book clubs is a great way for children to discuss and learn about how everyone views things differently. We learn more by discussing and talking about what we’ve seen or read.

 

Make it A Challenge 

Some children are really motivated by challenges and find it really fun to complete a task. So make a game out of it! How many books can they read over the summer?

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Make a chart counting the books they’ve read. According to SMART goals, people are more likely to achieve a goal, such as finishing a book, if they can physically see and track their progress. You can start off small such as a chapter every two weeks. By making it a challenge, a child can practice planning and setting goals to achieve them. It instills a habit of making time to read and set aside time to accomplish a goal.

Often libraries will release summer book series challenges, and there are plenty online to choose from. My KidsTime has a great list of summer books and challenges for kids here.

Be Creative!

While reading the book take time to draw, paint, act or model scenes they’ve read. This helps children comprehend what they have read, and be able to retell the story to others. Use voices while reading aloud to make the book more interesting. Have your child create a voice and read along pretending to be the character.
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Try and find books that have movie adaptions or plays made about them. Read the book and reward it with a trip to the theatre and watch the show together. Make a family date of it, grab a treat after and discuss how the show compared to the book. 

Come together with fellow parents and create a book club with your children. When they finish a book together throw a themed party for the kids to talk about the story. If they have a birthday coming up have it themed around their favourite book. Have fun with it! Make costumes or crafts, bake food mentioned in the stories.

Break the Rules!

Some rules are meant to be broken. Allow them to stay up a bit later to finish that chapter in a book. Read to them even if they can read on their own. Hearing others read helps with pronunciation. Let them move around while you read. For kinesthetic learners, this may help them listen and understand what the story is about. 

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Reading yields so many benefits for a growing mind, encouraging a child to read is like giving them the keys to the city. So go ahead give them the key and open the doors to possibilities! 

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Eco-Friendly Fathers Day Ideas for Kids

Fathers Day is almost here! Which means children will be putting their crafty creativity to work, showing how much they appreciate their Dad with adorable gifts. A lot of presents and craft making creates a lot of unnecessary waste. So how can we make special days like Fathers Day a bit more eco-friendly?


The Traveling Man 

Does Dad travel a lot or have a long commute in the morning? These gifts may be just what he needs.

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Thoughtful Traveller – You can do this at home or go to a pottery store that has classes. If you choose to craft at home, you can purchase a ceramic travel mug for your child decorate. There are many kinds of paints and markers you can decorate ceramic with, make sure that the paint you choose is non-toxic. Here is a great tutorial on how to paint ceramic. Wikihow.

Travel mugs are very useful, and by using a travel mug, you can cut down on the number of coffee cups going to landfills as well as save money by making coffee or tea from home. It’s a win-win for everyone! 

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Eco-Friendly Travel- Put together an eco-friendly travel bag of everything he may need while on the road. Personalize this for your Dad but focus on making it eco-friendly that’s the challenge. Items such as reusable cutlery, straws, and clothes are a great way to start. Drink Tea Travel has many eco-friendly travel products and ideas! Add a personal touch by decorating the bag with drawings for Fathers day.

 


The Gardener 

If Dad has a green thumb, these gifts are perfect for him and the environment.

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Plant a Fathers Day Tree – Spend time with Dad and show your child how to plant a tree. This directly gives back to the environment, encourages family bonding time, and is a nice keepsake you’ll watch grow with you.

You Rock! Decorate rocks for Dad with loving messages and place them in the garden. You can find rocks just about anywhere from the beach to the dollar store. Clean them up and paint them with loving, inspirational messages to show Dad just how much you appreciate him.

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Birdies –  Depending on how much time you have and your child’s age you can build or buy a birdhouse/feeder to paint for the garden. Many craft stores such as Micheals have a variety of birdhouses/feeders you can put together for an adorable gift.

These houses can stay in your garden for years as a beautiful keepsake and also invite little birds to have a place they call their own.

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Stepping Stones- This project will need assistance from an adult as it requires mixing concrete. Pour the concrete into a mould of the shape you want which could be an oval, butterfly, square use your imagination! 

Create designs in the concrete with recycled and earth-friendly materials such as dull glass, sea shells, old keys, rocks, and marbles. To personalize it more you can add hand or footprints as well as sign and date the stone while it is still wet.


The Chef

Whos in the kitchen?  Bake Dad his favourite dessert! If Dad enjoys baking, spend the day in the kitchen baking together. This an excellent activity no matter what age your child is. Help them practice their motor skills or teach them measurements while having family bonding time. There is no better present than being present, and these are memories you will cherish forever.

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Need ideas on what to bake? Here are 15 of Best Fathers Day Desserts.

 

Utensil Holders –  Decorate mason jars with paint, twine and everything you can find! Have fun and fire up your child’s imagination to create something Dad will love. Mason jars are very versatile you can use this as a cup, candle holder, piggy bank and more!

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Aprons –  Every chef needs an apron! Find a white apron from any crafts or department store and have your child customize it. If you can find a child’s size apron, you can make matching Daddy and me aprons. These are a great eco-friendly gift because they are reusable and last for years to come.


Fathers Day is a time to think of everything your Dad has done for you. Show how much you appreciate all they have done. Children may not fully understand why we have family days like these but they will when they are older. Use these holidays to create wonderful memories! Happy Fathers Day!

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There is no better present than being present.