Games are fun and kids love to play them, so how about bringing a book and a game together to make for an amazing reading experience. Here are some great ways to make any book an interactive one:
What Happens Next – Pick out a book and read through it. You can read the book to your child or if your child is already an independent reader this would be a great opportunity to have your child read aloud to you. Keep in mind that a story doesn’t have to end at the end of a book. Keep the story alive by adding more to it and transform the story you just read into something silly, sad, strange or whatever you like. Just let your imaginations run wild.
You can take turns doing this with your child or if you have several children then you could have each one take a turn and add another event to your evolving story. This would also make a great activity to do in the classroom.
If you plan to read a chapter instead of a whole book you can still have fun by predicting what will happen next. Keep this in the theme of the book to help improve your childs feel for what happens next in a story.
Find The Bonus Word/Words – Picture this: You finally get to spend some quality time with your child and decide to snuggle up and read him/her a book. At first your child is interested but, after a while you don’t think you have his/her attention anymore. Has that ever happened to you? Of course it has!
Well, make what you read to your child more exciting by picking out a bonus word. Scan the book and find a word that is in several places throughout the book. Whenever you read the bonus word then have your child say something in response to it. For example think of the book ,The Three Bears. For the bonus word/words we’ll use Baby Bear and for the response word/words we’ll use He’s furry. Now every time your child hears you say, “Baby Bear” as you read, he/she responds by saying, “He’s furry!”
This is a great way to keep the attention of the little ones especially. If you try this I’ll bet your child will be listening really hard to find that bonus word and you wont lose his/her focus while you read.
Show Me The Action – Sometimes its tough for kids to just sit still and listen so for a change of pace have your child act out all of the actions that you read about in the story. All of the running (in place of course), jumping, driving, whatever is going on in the story just have your child act out as you read.
This is also a great opportunity to teach about verbs, the action words in a sentence. For added fun you could video tape doing this with your child. I’ll bet that would be something your child would want to watch over and over again, and so would you.
I hope that now you’re inspired to try some new, interactive ways to read to/with your child. Use this as an opportunity to show your kids just how playful reading can be!