I try to help my children learn something new every day. Just because we are learning, however, doesn't mean it's all work and no play. In fact, we often use play time as our learning opportunities. Playtime and play dates can be great ways to help your early readers continue their reading all summer long. All of these activities can be done in a playgroup or just with your child at home as an extension of the book.
Some examples of books that can be extended into playtime/ play dates are:
Parade Playdate: Read: Parade make a parade out of decorated riding toys. (You could combine this with the car wash play date).
Dinosaur Playdate: Read: Sammy and The Dinosaurs . Give children buckets of dinosaurs and let them wash their dinosaurs.
Dress Up Playdate: Read Fancy Nancy. Use these downloadable paper dolls and play paper dolls. You could also provide dress ups for the children or have a tea party!
Superhero playdate: Read Spiderman books from the Harper Collins I Can Read Series. Have friends over to play with action figures or dress up as superheros. Dramatic play is wonderful for early literacy development.
I think play is a wonderful way to encourage early readers. Children are also encouraged to read when they have characters they love and can relate to (such as spiderman-- my child's favorite character!) Harper Collins has an excellent series of books for early readers called, I Can Read. Your very beginning reader will probably need help with the early reader books, but you and your children can enjoy the shared reading collection. Before you know it, your child will probably be reading these books independently! The best part of the series is that they include classic characters like Little Bear, Berenstain Bears, Amelia Bedelia and newer characters like spiderman. With all of these characters whom children can relate to, planning book play dates will be a breeze!
I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms blogging program to be eligible to get an "I Can Read!" book. For more information on how you can participate, click here.