10 Interesting And Fun Reading Activities For Kids

Reading Activities For Kids

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Inculcating the reading habit in kids can be a challenging task. Most kids are fun-loving beings who love to go out, play and have fun; they find reading books boring! So, making reading a fun activity can help your kids appreciate the value of bound leather. And as always, Momjunction is here to help you! So, scroll down to learn how you can make reading a fun activity for your children.

The Benefits Of Reading:

It is not surprising to find parents who are alright with the fact that their child does not like to read. Why should he read when the same information is available through meaningful programs on TV and the internet, is the argument. But reading doesn’t merely help to assimilate knowledge- it serves a better purpose as well. For those of you who remain skeptical about the effects of reading, here’s how reading can influence your child positively:

  • Positive Impact On The Brain:

There’s no better way to keep the mind alert than to have a good read. Reading is a neurologically demanding task that causes the brain to expand and enhances learning capacity. So, get your child to read and help her boost his concentration and keep his memory sharp.

  • Prevents Alzheimer’s And Dementia:

It may sound incredible, but studies conclude that reading can help your child avoid brain problems like Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

  • Reading Improves Your Child Vocabulary:

The obvious benefit of reading habits in children is improvement in vocabulary. To improve your child’s vocabulary, get her to read books. Being articulate will not only help your child improve self- confidence, but it will also help her achieve success in professional life.

  • Boosts Imagination:

Ever wondered how your favorite book turned out to be such a bad movie. Reading boosts imagination and visualization. Even the grandest movie remake cannot compare to a novel. So, help your child boost his imagination and visualization skills. Buy her a book.

[ Read: Ways To Raise Children’s Imagination ]

10 Interesting Fun Reading Activities For Kids:

From easing depression to staving off Alzheimer’s, reading has hundreds of benefits. All you need to do is convince your little one to get into the habit. Here are some interesting reading activities.

1. Read Together Daily:

You Will Need:

  • A wide range of interesting storybooks for your kids

How To:

  1. Get simple yet engaging storybooks and encourage your kids to read a story every day.
  1. Read aloud along with your kids and guide them to read correctly.
  1. Reading nursery rhymes and repetitions help enhance your kid’s vocabulary.

2. Play Pre-Reading Games:

You Will Need:

  • 26 Cards
  • Sketch pens

How To:

  1. Write an alphabet on each card using a sketch pen.
  1. Hide each card around your kid’s room and ask your child to find a group of letters in five minutes. Reading activities for children are fun, interesting and helps to improve knowledge in them. This reading activity for kids helps to improve their language and literacy skills.

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3. Create A Reading Corner:

You Will Need:

  • Some pillows
  • Soft blanket
  • A bean bag
  • A small bookshelf
  • Your kid’s favorite books and new storybooks and picture books

How To:

  1. Place pillows and a soft blanket in a corner of your room.
  1. Place a bean bag for your child to sit on it and read.
  1. Create a small bookshelf in the corner.
  1. Place your child’s favorite books and some new books.
  1. Encourage your child to choose one of the books and sit on the bean bag or snuggle in the pillows and blanket and read.

4. Play Board Games:

You Will Need:

  • Interesting board games, such as Scrabble, Boggle, Bananagrams, and other similar board games

How To:

  1. Gift board games to your child and encourage her to play the games regularly.
  1. Play word-building board games along with your kid and get your entire family involved in playing it.

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5. Gift Joke Books:

You Will Need:

  • Get interesting joke books that have easy-to-read jokes.

How To:

  1. Gift your kids joke books and encourage them to read one joke daily.
  1. Also, ask your child to read and share the jokes with others in her words as this will improve her memorizing ability and vocabulary.

6. Provide Children’s Magazines And Newspaper:

You Will Need:

  • Children’s magazines and newspapers.

How To:

  1. Subscribe to children’s magazines and newspapers and provide these children’s reading materials to your kids.
  1. Encourage your kids to read the children’s newspapers and magazines and share the news and stories with others.

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7. Organize A Children’s Party Occasionally:

You Will Need:

  • Kid’s favorite delicacies
  • Party dress or kid’s favorite dress
  • Storybooks meant for children
  • Small gifts

How To:

  1. Throw a children’s party occasionally and invite your kid’s friends and kids in the colony.
  1. Encourage your kids to wear their favorite dress.
  1. Serve kid’s favorite delicacies and please them.
  1. Provide kids popular children’s storybooks, and hold a reading competition among the kids and encourage every kid to read and narrate the story to others.
  1. Award the kids with small gifts after their storytelling.

8. Join A Library:

You Will Need:

  • Subscription to a local library that has children’s book or local children’s library

How To:

  1. Subscribe to you local children’s library and provide the library membership card to your child.
  1. Take your child to the library daily or regularly and encourage your child to read children’s books, solve puzzles, read children’s magazines and newspapers, and other children’s reading material.

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9. Organize A Family Read-Aloud:

You Will Need:

  • Children’s books, newspapers, and magazines, and reading games.

How To:

  1. Establish an hour after your family dinner for a family read-aloud.
  1. Let all family members sit in a circle and encourage them to read or narrate a simple story or article.
  1. Encourage your child to read children’s books, magazines, newspaper articles and play reading games.

10. Acquaint Your Kids With Tablet Apps And eBooks:

You Will Need:

  • Tablet and tablet applications
  • Ebooks

How To:

  1. Acquaint your kids reading activities with tablets and tablet applications and download and introduce children’s Ebooks to them.
  1. Kids love electronic applications so you can encourage a reluctant reader to use your tablet and access and read engaging children’s books.

How To Encourage Kids To Read?

1. Practice What You Preach:

Practicing what you preach is the golden rule of parenting. When was the last time you read a book? Remember, that you need to lead by example. So pick up a book before you ask your child to follow your cue.

2. Simulate The Right Environment:

As a parent, you want to encourage your child to read more. A brilliant way to get her to read is to simulate an environment that encourages the habit. Consider buying books or subscribing to newspapers or magazines. Take your little munchkin to book fairs, or a bookshop that offers reading space. Visit the local library with your child. Teach your child to value his books. Gift her books as presents for birthdays and special occasions or offer them as rewards for his achievements. Get her to sign up for a library membership.

3. Share Your Experiences:

When you read, your child comes up to you and asks you to tell you about the plot or the book. Even if she cannot relate to the story, or the book isn’t age adequate, make the story up as you go along. Sharing stories will subtly introduce the concept that there is a magical and imaginative world within books and pique your child’s curiosity. Studies assert that sharing your experiences is perhaps the best way to stimulate your child’s imagination and quicken his towards emotional development. So, discuss the book you are reading with your child. If you read something interesting or incredible, share the story with your little one.

4. Socializing Through Books:

Peer pressure often helps children develop reading as a habit. If you live in an apartment, get the other children in your society/colony to form a reading club or group. Create a comfortable environment for them to read and serve snacks and beverages. Ask the children to discuss the book they’re reading, the same way they would discuss their favorite video game. In fact, starting a reading club for the children is a great summer activity and apart from keeping them inside the house and away from the hot afternoon sun, it encourages reading habit in children. So, speak to fellow moms in your society to start a young children’s book club.

[ Read: Benefits Of Storytelling For Kids ]

5. Connect Reading To Real World Issues:

Your child may be adamant about not reading. However, there is no point in forcing the issue. Connect what you read with what is happening around the world. Newspapers help you do just that. Encourage your child to read the kids’ news section in the newspaper. Books need not be only study material for your child. Encourage her to read books for pleasure.

6. Read To Your Kids:

A research paper by John Hutton of the Reading and Literacy Discovery Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center concludes that there is a positive link between reading and brain activity. If you read to your child, chances are he will be better at ‘extracting the meaning from language’. Parents who regularly read to their children can boost their child’s potential and help them develop logical thinking skills.

7. Play Word Games:

Games are a fun way to introduce a new word or even correct their spelling. You can begin by giving her a word and asking her to come up with another word with a similar meaning. Continue the chain by suggesting another synonym. Encourage your child to play games like Scrabble or other word games.

8. Curtail TV/Videogame Time:

If your little one loves his video game, then he may create trouble if you set a limit for her. However, you need to be firm and limit the amount of time he plays video games or watches TV. Make time for other activities like board games or word games. Watching too much TV slows the brain down and may lead to higher levels of anxiety among children. Without too many options left, your child may drift towards reading.

Did you introduce any fun reading activities to your kids to motivate them to read? Which fun reading activities your kids liked the most? Fellow moms would like to hear your story. Please leave a comment below.

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    Thank you very much.