Are visions of lazy, video-game-addicted, junk-food-eating kids haunting your summer, too?
My friend, you’re not alone! Summer break around here means a house full of children who need something to do besides playing video games, tv, and bad eating habits. Can I get an amen? Haha.
Like you, I want them to have some time to take a breather over the summer without the pressing demands of school. But I’d also like to keep their minds stimulated and their hands off the video games and junk food.
Reading for fun is the perfect way to solve this problem. Not only are books a great way to improve your vocabulary and sharpen your mind, a book is a great adventure just waiting to be explored. I mean, what else could be more summer?
I know it’s not that simple. The trouble is, it’s hard to motivate kids to read books over the summer, even if they are great readers and the books are super captivating. This is largely because our kids are conditioned to believe reading is something you do for school and has no other purpose. They’ve been taught to view reading as an obligation, a means to an end, and sometimes even a chore.
Yet, the best gift we can give our kids is to help them develop a passion for reading that bridges beyond the obligatory academic reading they are taught to endure.
In light of this truth, we’re having a summer reading challenge to help us take back the right attitude about reading. Oh, and we’ll have a little fun, too! Want to join us?
Summer Reading Challenge
The challenge is simple. Children are given a bingo card. Each box on the card has a unique (but simple) book idea. Every child has their own sheet and works toward completion of one row (bingo) at a time. For each bingo, they earn a prize. If they complete all 4 “bingos,” they get a grand prize.
You can determine the prizes ahead of time at the top of the bingo sheet or you can fill it in as you go.
My kids are super excited about this challenge. They love the idea of picking the book they read and being able to work towards increasing prizes.
I would suggest keeping the prizes simple. The idea is to motivate them, not sell your soul to the “bribe devil” (haha). Anything that motivates your kids will work. It might be different for each child.
For the grand prize, think bigger. If your child finishes the WHOLE bingo board by the end of the summer, this is a huge accomplishment and should have an awesome prize to go along with it. If you make a huge deal out of this, the kids will rise to the occasion. I mean, who doesn’t want to be that awesome?
The sky is the limit for what you can develop as prizes. I would encourage you to consider letting your children weigh in with their ideas. You’d be surprised how little they will work for and how much it will motivate them to set the prize themselves.
Here are a few ideas we came up with:
Small items: sticker packs, $1 bin toys, mystery (mom’s pick), fun socks, colorful pens/pencils, decorative journals/notebooks, small LEGO sets, costume jewelry, outdoor water toys (squirt guns)
Food: candy bars, ice cream, specialty desserts, pack of gum, Tic-Tacs, special box of cereal
Grand prize: money, iTunes cards, trip to the waterpark, one-on-one date with mom/dad, gift card for favorite store
Watch this video to learn how we plan to use the challenge.
How to Captivate your kids with a Summer Reading Challenge
A summer reading challenge is the perfect way to curb boredom and overthrow the video games. Keep your mind fresh and fall in love with real adventure!
Here’s the link for the FREE printable bingo: http://www.notconsumed.com/how-to-captivate-your-kids-with-summer-reading-challenge/
Posted by Not Consumed on Friday, June 2, 2017
Get your free printable
So, are you ready to jump in this summer? To start the challenge, all you need to do is print off the bingo card and head to the library for a pile of books! (Or ransack your shelf if you have a collection at home.)
You can download the Summer Reading Challenge printable by clicking the image below.
Got an idea for prizes? Comment below and share it with us!