At our house, Monday is park day. After we get ready, the kids and I head to the park to spend the morning. This Monday, that changed when we woke up to rain. Because I’m a control-freak, I had to come up with a substitute activity to entertain my kids. We decided to have a read-a-thon. I remember how much I loved read-a-thon days in elementary school. I always brought my Winnie-the-Pooh sleeping bag, Nilla Wafers, and stacks of Garfield comic books. Because my kids are enrolled in the library’s summer reading program, I thought this would be a fun way to encourage them to read. We each stayed in our pajamas and brought pillows and blankets to the family room. We (my oldest) picked out a stack of books for us to read. Because any “a-thon” with kids is measured in minutes rather than hours, we filled in the left over time with juice and cookies.
This was such a fun activity, I think I’ll make it a regular activity during cold weather. My kids were willing to spend longer than normal reading, and for my oldest, it was almost like a party (though most things with him are). If you have creative ideas on how to make reading fun for kids, I’d love to hear them!