This summer to encourage my youngest kids to keep on reading I discovered Bingo Summer Reading Cards
from Pinterest.com. So far it's been a great success. I allow them to earn a square per day by reading at least 30 minutes. These cards have named some creative ways to get the kids to read like reading under a tree or in my PJ's or maybe in the bathtub or in their favorite chair. When they get a bingo I have created some paper cards with rewards on them like a one free item from Dollar Tree, a frosty from Wendy's, back/foot massage, I do one chore or clean their room,. These too motivate the kids to read because they all want my massage :) or maybe it's the ice-cream cone from Arctic Circle, whatever it is, they are reading and that's what counts. They have discovered some really cool book series like Fablehaven by Brandon Mull, or Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites by Chris Heimerdinger something my older kids have already discovered. It's been fun reading these again myself, I might add.
Reading books are like going on mini vacations or watching a movie in your mind, you get into the story and you get lost in it, if it's written right. It's pure imagination, you get to envision what the characters or objects look like and it's fun to imagine or wonder what's going to happen pushing you to the end and you can't wait.
If you are looking for a creative and fun way for your kids to read this summer you might check out the Bingo Summer Reading Challenge.