A little counter-intuitive, isn’t it? For me, reading a book means finding a comfortable spot to curl up without distractions. How do you get active with something that’s typically relaxing?
All I can say is that it’s a good thing literacy isn’t just about reading a book. It can be about many activities, including:
- a scavenger hunt with a detailed list of instructions
- running a marathon and following the signs
- rhymes you used as a child for skipping (http://www.gameskidsplay.net/jump_rope_ryhmes/) or doing clapping games (http://funclapping.com/)
Rhymes and songs help build vocabulary and a foundation in language necessary for future literacy learning, and they are a lot of fun!
In my small town, we have an amazing program team that comes up with activities for kids to participate in all summer. One activity is based on the television show “Mantracker.” (Here’s the link for those of you who have never seen it: http://www.mantracker.ca/)
My kids were given a map and a legend for checkpoints where their team had to get a flag. If our summer programmer—all dressed in camouflage with fake leaves and everything—caught them, they had to give up a flag.
Not only did my kids have fun, but what a great way to engage in a literacy activity around maps and legends! Linking it to the popular show ensured the activity was well attended and the kids knew what to expect.
This summer when kids are bored, or become couch potatoes stuck to an electronic device—with the usual excuses of “my friends aren’t home,” or “it’s too hot outside,” (you know I could go on and on here)—challenge them to find a way to get active in literacy! They could make up their own “mantracker” game, find a skipping rope and rhymes, or put on a scavenger hunt.
The possibilities are endless and limited only by imagination. And you never know, someone may even enjoy reading a book while bouncing on a trampoline!
The Centre for Family Literacy has a free app called Flit, for parents of 0-6 year olds, that has plenty of fun and active literacy activities, available on both iOS and Android.
Watch a demo:
Click here for more information or to download the free iOS version of Flit
Click here for more information or to download the Android version
Centre for Family Literacy website