Clinical Reference Systems: Pediatric Advisor 10.0
Suggested Reading Activities
A love of literature is cultivated through pleasant
experiences. The following activities generally progress
from younger to older ages.
- Set aside a special time of the day or week just for
quiet reading activities. Forget you own a television
- Take your child to the library to check out books and
listen to storyhour.
- Journey into the world of fantasy by making up a story
about one of your child's favorite toys. Make it a
- Act out a favorite story through puppetry or pantomime.
- Suggest your child dress up as a favorite storybook
character while playing make-believe or preparing for
- Make a book. Select a theme such as jungle animals,
changing seasons, children's faces, or a day at the
beach. Illustrate it with magazine pictures, photographs,
or children's drawings. Use sturdy construction paper
for the cover, and write a simple sentence about the
picture at the bottom of each page.
- Tape record a story in which you and your child both
participate either by reading or supplying sound effects.
- Read a poem, and then have your child draw a picture or
make a collage about it.
- Start a rhyme and have your child finish it.
- Read or suggest a book that was one of your favorites
when you were your child's age.
- Make personalized bookmarks out of felt or colored
paper and give as gifts.
- Find books that complement past or future experiences in
your child's life. For example, read books together
about a vacation site before visiting. Learn about the
geography, historical figures, or current events.
- Build a book shelf with your child.
- Start a book collection on a particular interest.
- Give a gift certificate to a local bookstore.
- Initiate a weekly family reading hour. Select a story of
interest to the entire family and have the adults and
older children read passages aloud. Alternate poetry,
humor, mysteries, adventure, and biographical sketches.
- Tell a story! (For details, see Telling a Story. )
Written by Donna Warner Manczak, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Copyright 1999 Clinical Reference Systems