Reading Activities for Kids

by | Aug 2, 2019 | Kid Activities

Last Updated May 13, 2023
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Encourage reading all year long with simple reading activities and printables for the kiddos!

For the Love of Reading

Books are a huge deal in our home!

Not only do they look lovely on the bookshelves in my living room, but they also serve a big purpose in our home — especially for my kiddos!

For the Love of Reading Colorful Books

Unfortunately, I struggled through the public school system as a small child and never formed a true love for reading.

It always felt like such a chore to me.

Thankfully, that wasn’t the case for my kiddos. My older boys were blessed with wonderful teachers in their early reading years that helped them fall in love with the entire concept of reading and my youngest (who’s been homeschooled her whole life) is the same way.

Because of this, reading activities have always played a big role in our homeschool.

Creating a Reading Place

While I feel like my kiddos could likely read (and focus) almost anywhere, I personally need a quiet space when it comes to reading.

That’s why creating a simple reading nook for kiddos who struggle with focus is a great place to start when it comes to creating a love for reading in your homeschool.

Simple Book Nook for Kids (PLACE HOLDER)

That said, reading is just more fun for kiddos (focus issues or not) when they have a special place out of the norm.

Whether you create an elaborate reading space filled with award-winning books for your kiddos or lean on the side of simple, having a quiet place to retreat is key.

Try adding a few of these fun things to your reading area.

  • Cushy beanbag Chairs
  • Lots of fun pillows
  • Pretty twinkle lights
  • A snack station
  • Fun book-themed art
  • An indoor play tent

Some of these unique items simply make reading a tad more fun — and comfortable!

Simple budget-friendly tips:

Cut costs by reusing old items such as leftover Christmas lights, and outdated pillows, and creating or printing off your own wall art.

Simple space-saving tip:

Create a revolving bookcase where you rotate available reading material to keep things fresh and interesting for your little reader.

Fun Reading Activities for Kids

Whether you have a reluctant reader or a book lover in your home, leaning on simple and fun reading activities is a great way to limit screen time and prompt your kiddos to dive deeper into the wonderful world of books!

Try adding some of these fun reading activities to your daily homeschool schedule, your summer break, or your family time each evening.

  • Have a DEAR Day
  • Go on a reading picnic
  • Take turns reading at the dinner table
  • Read together as a family each night
  • Play reading BINGO
  • Have a book-themed day or party
  • Dress up like book characters
  • Act out favorite scenes from books
  • Participate in a summer reading challenge
  • Create crafts based on a book
  • Make recipes characters enjoy in a book
  • Read to animals at the shelter
  • Read to people in nursing homes
  • Create your own book to read to the family
  • Write a book report on a book you love
  • Take literature-based field trips
  • Use puppets during storytime
  • Read out loud using silly voices
  • Use story cubes to build a story
  • Read online or use an e-reader
  • Listen to audiobooks
  • Read with a partner (taking turns)
  • Play story charades
  • Pull story ideas out of a hat

Get creative and encourage the kiddos to turn reading into a fun adventure for the whole family!

Fun Places for Kids to Read

While reading activities can be fun, sometimes it’s important to mix things up in a different way.

Encourage the kiddos to read anywhere and everywhere by giving them the chance to read at new places often.

Fun places for kids to read

This can be as simple as grabbing a good book and heading outside to the sandbox in the backyard (my son’s favorite place to read) or it can include a car ride to somewhere awesome like the zoo!

Have you ever read a book while hanging out with a family of chimpanzees? My kiddos have!

Check out our full list of fun places for kids to read and encourage your kids to bring a book next time you hop in the car.

Reading Activities & More

While creating an awesome book nook for your kids and leaning on interactive reading activities can be fun, sometimes all your kiddos need to get into a good book is good old-fashioned simplicity.

Reading Activities for Kids Bulding a Fort

Whether it’s a full-on DEAR day or just a quiet afternoon, my kiddo’s favorite thing to do when it comes to reading time is fort building!

They grab a couple of kitchen chairs and as many blankets as they can find and they build something simple, yet awesome.

With that said, fort-building can drive my OCD a little bonkers. Yes, I am that mom.

On days like this, I have to remind myself that the kids are doing so many wonderful things!

Not only are they working together (a rarity in this house) but they are diving deep into literature, practicing the art of being still, being creative, and using their awesome imaginations!

So, if you too are that mom, soak up these messy-non-perfect moments that encourage a love for reading, learning, and creativity.

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Reading Activities for Kids

Meet the Author

Life & Homeschool Author

Hey guys! I’m Mary, homeschool mom of 3 amazing kiddos.

I’m so excited that you decided to check out my little corner of the world!

If you have been following our journey for any length of time, you already know that I’m obsessed with coffee, organization, and all things simple.

I’m also a huge dog lover and introvert 💗

My homeschool style is very eclectic.

I enjoy a solid mixture of structure and free range. I set goals for myself and my children each week, but I put no pressure on perfection.

We use a wide variety of curriculum in our home.

Some of our current favorites are The Good and the Beautiful, Life of Fred, Beautiful Feet Books, and Lifepac.

While my kids do spend a good amount of time learning at desks, they also spend countless hours exploring their creativity and practicing a little independence.

I love mountains, rainy days, and sitting by the campfire. 

Our family recently relocated to the PNW and we have been enjoying finding new nature spots to explore together 🙌🏼

I can’t wait to connect and share all the things I’ve learned on our new journey! 

Just a Note…

Thanks for checking out the kid activities portion of the blog! 

Typically summer is the most productive time for my blog. However, our family is currently living in temporary housing and we do not see an end in sight (thank you housing marking 😪) — meaning my workspace & supplies to produce quality content it extremely limited.

I am still working, but it’s nothing like normal.

As always, we appreciate your patience! 

If you enjoyed this article or simply want to see more of our journey, feel free to follow us on social media for more frequent updates.

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Don’t forget to check out our Facebook group too!

This group is open to all homeschool moms.

Whether you are already knee-deep in your homeschool journey or just dipping your toes in — all homeschool moms are welcome!

Looking forward to connecting! Simply Be Wild & Free Life + Homeschool Blog

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Meet the Author

Life & Homeschool Author

Hey guys! I’m Mary, homeschool mom of 3 amazing kiddos.

I’m so excited that you decided to check out my little corner of the world!

If you have been following our journey for any length of time, you already know that I’m obsessed with coffee, organization, and all things simple.

I’m also a huge dog lover and introvert 💗

My homeschool style is very eclectic.

I enjoy a solid mixture of structure and free range. I set goals for myself and my children each week, but I put no pressure on perfection.

We use a wide variety of curriculum in our home.

Some of our current favorites are The Good and the Beautiful, Life of Fred, Beautiful Feet Books, and Lifepac.

While my kids do spend a good amount of time learning at desks, they also spend countless hours exploring their creativity and practicing a little independence.

I love mountains, rainy days, and sitting by the campfire. 

Our family recently relocated to the PNW and we have been enjoying finding new nature spots to explore together 🙌🏼

I can’t wait to connect and share all the things I’ve learned on our new journey! 

Just a Note…

Thanks for checking out the kid activities portion of the blog! 

Typically summer is the most productive time for my blog. However, our family is currently living in temporary housing and we do not see an end in sight (thank you housing marking 😪) — meaning my workspace & supplies to produce quality content it extremely limited.

I am still working, but it’s nothing like normal.

As always, we appreciate your patience! 

If you enjoyed this article or simply want to see more of our journey, feel free to follow us on social media for more frequent updates.

You can find all of our social accounts below!

FacebookInstagramPinterest

Don’t forget to check out our Facebook group too!

This group is open to all homeschool moms.

Whether you are already knee-deep in your homeschool journey or just dipping your toes in — all homeschool moms are welcome!

Looking forward to connecting! Simply Be Wild & Free Life + Homeschool Blog

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