As John Funk mentioned in Summer Reading Plan, children can lose valuable skills over the summer. He suggested creating book activities to keep kids engaged in reading to prevent such a loss. I couldn't agree more! Meaningful learning happens every day, even when school’s out.
Below are summer-themed book activities for the kids to enjoy. The books listed can be read different ways, depending on the child’s reading strengths. Children can listen to a parent read the book in its entirety, kids can read the book out loud on their own, or parent and child can take turns narrating the action!
For Little Pirates
Read How to Become a Pirate by David Shannon. Ask the kiddo where she’d hide treasure if she were a pirate. I’m sure the answers will be entertaining! Then move onto “exploding” pirate treasure chests. Little pirates have to use science to find the hidden treasure!
For Little Beach Combers
Read My Shell Book by Ellen Kirk. Ask the child which shells are his favorites, or talk about shells found at a recent beach trip. Then break out the liquid watercolors to paint shells together! This open-ended art project is an easy way to decorate extra shells brought back from the beach.
For Little Campers
Read A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen. Discuss fun from past camping trips, or ask the child what she’d like to do when she goes camping. Once all that’s done, work together to make a kid-approved camping treat.
Which book activities will your child enjoy the most? He doesn’t have to be limited to just one – maybe he wants to try all three! Be sure to check out Summer Reading Plan for more suggestions to help young readers over the summer months. And head over to Discount School Supply® to stock up your library for summer!