Reading doesn’t have to be a bore, or a chore. In fact, it can actually be fun! But if you’ve got a family of reluctant readers on your hands, and you want to encourage them to read more books for the brain benefits, you might feel stuck. How do you encourage them successfully? How do you lead by example and show them how “cool” reading can be?
To help you get unstuck, we’ve put together a list of ideas you can use to create a reading-friendly household. Here are four activities you can do with your family to promote more “reading for fun” (and they really work!)
4 Activities to Help Make Reading Fun Again
Read a series and then have a movie night.
While reading isn’t always the most popular recreational activity, almost everyone loves watching movies. Ease your kids into reading a book series by choosing one that has a corresponding film, such as Harry Potter, Divergent, The Hunger Games, Mazerunner, The Giver, and more. So many kids movies are based on books these days, it should be easy to find a good pick. Choose a family night in the future and make it “movie night”. Encourage your family to read the first book before you sit down together to watch the movie with popcorn and other special treats.
Your kids will think it’s so cool to see the story they’ve read about come to life – and with any luck, it will promote a great discussion afterwards about the differences between the film and the book series.
Start a reading chart with prizes for milestones.
Another tip we have for how to make reading fun is making a reading chart. This is an especially good idea if you have little ones at home. Create a chart on posterboard (or download a free printable one here) and buy some fun, glittery stickers. Entice your kids into reading by letting them place a sticker on the posterboard every time they’ve completed at least 15 minutes of reading. You can also award them small prizes each time they finish their row of stickers at the end of a week. This promotes a feeling of accomplishment and positivity associated with reading a book on their own.
Create a family book club.
If you have older kids, you could start a family book club. Rotate who chooses the book each month and pick a day to “meet and discuss” the novel you’ve read. Make it fun by going out for a special lunch date at their favorite restaurant or by making a special breakfast at home (chocolate chip pancakes, anyone?)
[Need ideas for family-friendly books for your book club? Check out this Ultimate Family-Friendly Summer Reading List.]
Your kids will like being able to choose a book they’re interested in, and you’ll enjoy hearing their thoughts and perspectives on each story. It’s a great way to spend time together and learn more about each other as a family.
Read aloud and act out the story.
Sometimes sitting still and reading quietly just won’t cut it. If you have an active (or dramatic) family, one of the tips we have for how to make reading fun is by reading the story out loud and then having a few family members act it out.
This can make for an extremely entertaining family night. Go a step further and have small prizes to award for “Best Actor” and “Best Actress”. It’s a great way to get through a book and introduce the joys literature.
Try one (or all) of these activities, and you’ll be amazed at how quickly your family starts reading on their own.
Sometimes kids just need a little encouragement, or a new perspective, on a certain activity to get them interested. Even if your family doesn’t become devoted bookworms, you’ll at least make several fun new memories together—and there isn’t anything better than that!
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