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Host a Summer Reading Party – PBSKids and iVillage Summer Reading Challenge

How’s your summer reading going? If you need a boost, why not host a summer reading party?  We invited all the Pre-Readers (ages 2-5) in our neighborhood over to be part of the iVillage PBSKids Summer Reading Challenge.

You can sign up for daily tips and activities for your kids.  You’ll also find book suggestions and a discounts.  Here are a few activities you can try at your party:

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Game Ideas for Pre-Readers

Name Scavenger Hunt: Tape up letters all over your room. Give each child a paper printed with the letters of their name.  Let them hunt around the room and find the matching letters until they spell their name.

How to Host a Summer Reading Party - Letter Scavenger Hunt Game - TodaysMama.comReading Corner: We piled up pillows and cushions next to baskets of books.  Having a cozy place to read makes it more fun!

How to Host a Summer Reading Party - Create a Reading Corner - TodaysMama.comLetter Block Spelling: Use letter blocks to help kids spell out basic words, such as ‘cat’ and ‘bat’.  We picked up some scrap foam pieces from a local upholstery store and wrote letters on them, but any alphabet blocks will work.

Mad Libs Game: Write a story and leave blanks for words.  Help the kids pick a noun, verb or adjective to fill in the blanks.  Read the story out loud and the giggles will start!

How to Host a Summer Reading Party - Mad Libs Game - TodaysMama.comStory Time: Spread out a blanket and gather the kids to listen to a favorite story.  Stories with a repetitive phrase help get the kids involved as they learn to anticipate what comes next.  Be sure and ask questions about the story.

Make a bookmark: Create a station for crafts and let your guests customize a bookmark with crayons and stickers.

How to Host a Summer Reading Party - Making Bookmarks - TodaysMama.comDecorate a library tote bag:  We pulled out some fabric markers and plain canvas totes and challenged each family to design a bag.  It was hard to keep the kids still when they wanted to fill their bags with books.

Still looking for more ways to get your kids reading?  Scholastic has a free eReader called Storia.  You can pick 5 eBooks to get you started.  AND The Scholastic Store is offering an extra 10% off the Summer Reading Challenge titles.  Use code READ10 through August 31st.

Get your summer reading in gear!  Host your own party and sign up for the Summer Reading challenge at  iVillage.

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Note: PBSKids and iVillage donated a Scholastic book and party goodies for our guests but the party ideas and opinions shared are my own. 

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  2. Raejean 07/06/2012 at 9:41 am

    Younger kids are so much fun do party with! My older kids love to read, but it’s harder to get them into activities – unless there is food involved.

    • Amy Allen Johnson 07/06/2012 at 5:45 pm

      Funny thing- I actually had rice krispie treats upstairs with initials frosted on for the kids and totally forgot to bring them to the party in the basement. Oh well, the little kids didn’t mind.