Make Reading Fun!

It’s cold outside, the winds are blowing, and your children are “bored.” It’s time to find something to do. No matter what the weather is like outside, reading can be a fun outlet for kids. While opening a book might not be your child’s first choice of activities, it can become something they look forward to doing. Here are some ideas for fun reading experiences:

  • Build a “reading fort.” Gather up blankets & pillows and create an indoor fort to read in.
  • Make some cocoa and read by a fire.
  • Go to the library and find a book with a character that shares your child’s name.
  • Let your child stay up late and read with a flashlight.
  • Read a book about winter, snow, or snowmen.
  • Have your child read one of your childhood favorite books with you.
  • Bundle up and read outside for 20 minutes.
  • Have your child read a cookbook and pick out a meal to make together.
  • Read a book that’s been made into a movie.
  • You pick a book for your child and have your child pick a book for you.
  • Read a book written by an Indiana author.
  • Read a book about an animal that hibernates.
  • Find a science experiment in a book that you can do at home.
  • Visit a nature preserve after reading a book about something in nature.

Another fun reading activity is participating in the Winter Reading program at the library. Our Candyland-themed program starts January 6. Pick up a reading log and start keeping track of what your child reads. For every 20 minutes your child reads, they color in a square on the log sheet. When they are halfway done, and when they complete the sheet, they get a prize. We’re hosting two movie showings, two STEAM events, a dance party, candy sushi making, and Winter Reading will end with a life-sized game of Candyland in the children’s department on February 18. Find full details on these events here:

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