If your kids are yawning in the pages of their books, you might want to try some activities that will make literature fun for them.
Below is a list of fun activities that you might try implementing in your homeschool. Some are very quick and easy to do while others will take a bit of preparation. I think you’ll find that doing activities such as these will not only make reading more enjoyable for your kids, but also make teaching reading more pleasant for you.
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10 Ways to Make Literature Fun
1. Listen to Audiobooks
Audiobooks are enjoyable for kids to listen to because the narrators, who are typically actors, read so expressively and even use a different voice for each of character. Audiobooks are also the perfect diversion on road trips. You can check out audiobooks from your local library, purchase cd’s online, or subscribe to Audible Audiobooks on Amazon.
2. Role Play
One fun activity children can do is to dress up as characters from a story and act out scenes from the book. This can really make a story come alive for them! You can get costumes and props online or make them at home.
3. Color in Coloring Books
Children love to color! Coloring pictures of scenes from a story they’re reading can be doubly enjoyable for them. Dover has a Classic Stories Coloring Book series that has such well-known favorites as:
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
- The Secret Garden
- Anne of Green Gables
- Black Beauty
- Shakespeare Plays
- Alice in Wonderland
- Little Women
- Sherlock Holmes
- Arabian Nights
- A Little Princess
- Dickens’ Novels
- The Adventures of Ulysses
4. Do Word Puzzles
Some websites have printable word searches, crossword puzzles, or other word puzzles that are based on stories. Use Google to find these resources.
5. Create Art
Some children may enjoy drawing scenes from a story. They can also do crafts or art projects that relate to literature in some way. Some examples of projects that go with books include:
- Corn husk dolls for Little House in the Big Woods
- A Mad Hatter hat for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
- A ring for The Hobbit
- A cardboard wardrobe for The Chronicles of Narnia
- A hot air balloon model for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Also, things like bookmarks, door hangers, and puppets can be made for any story.
(If you like Raggedy Ann, I have some free printable bookmarks in this Raggedy Ann Resource Pack.)
6. Watch Movies
It can be fun to compare a movie to the book it was created from. I highly recommend that the book be read before watching the movie so that the reader can visualize the story in her own way before seeing another person’s interpretation.
7. Visit Websites
Sometimes you can find websites that have useful information and fun activities associated with a book like this Narnia page.
8. Do Writing Activities
Kids can do fun writing activities that go with a book. Some possibilities include riddles like you find in The Hobbit, a treasure map like that in Treasure Island, or nonsense verse similar to the “Jabberwocky” poem found in Through the Looking-Glass. If you need some inspiration, I have lists of creative writing ideas and practical writing ideas that may help you out.
9. Play Games
Board games are another enjoyable activity that can bring a story to life. You can search Amazon to find games that have been created from books. Some that are currently available include:
- Wizard of Oz Yellow Brick Road Game
- Narnia Game
- Stratego – Chronicles of Narnia (We love this one!)
- The Hobbit: The Defeat of Smaug Board Game
- Winnie the Pooh Memory Game
10. Let Your Kids Play with Storybook Toys
Other toys besides games can bring books to life because they encourage pretend play and reenactment of the stories. You can often find figures, dolls, tea sets, and puzzles based on books on Amazon.
If you’d like some MORE ideas on how to make literature come alive for your children, you might want to listen to Susan Evan’s workshop, Making Literature Fun. She not only has suggestions on how to make literature fun for kids, but also techniques for helping children advance in their reading. I listened to it and found that it had some very practical tips that homeschoolers can easily implement in their school day.