There are a lot of reading activities you can do with your kids to make reading fun and inspire them to improve their skills. Here are a few ideas:
Create your own Book Club . These are great for developing reading comprehension and listening skills. Click here to learn more about how to start a book club.
Start a reading program. These are fun ways to get your children involved with reading. You could try our own Reading Club Calendar, or local libraries will often offer reading clubs, reading programs, or reading calendars.
Color with your kids. Coloring teaches children to hold a canyon/pencil properly. It also develops the muscle coordination they will need when they learn to write. ( Find out more about coloring here .) In addition, alphabet coloring pages help your child become more familiar with letters of the alphabet.
Make scrapbooks with your kids that they can read. Kids love reading stories about themselves, so make sure you journal your pages so that they can read all about themselves while looking at the pictures.
Let your children write their own stories. This is a simple activity, but kids love it. Just take some plain paper and a piece of construction paper or colored cardstock for the cover. Fold them in half and put a few staples close to the fold. Let your children dictate their story to you or write their own (depending on their age)and then let your children draw their own illustrations.
Give your children their own personal journal . Kids love writing about themselves and things that actually happened. It can be as simple as a spiral-bound notebook -- that makes little difference to kids. Just give them a book to write in, and they will be happy.
Give your children the opportunity to write letters. Chrildren love to write to people, whether it is a thank you note, a simple "hello", or even Happy Birthday, they love to write it then stick it in the envelope.
Plan a treasure hunt with your children. You can help your children write and hide clues, or you can create a treasure hunt for your children to follow. No matter what the "treasure" is, kids love participating in treasure hunts.
Make a roller box. This is similar to a slide show where your children get to illustrate the stories themselves. It is a fun way for your children to view a story and a great opportunity for them to get involved in drawing their own illustrations.
Do some role-playing with your kids. You can watch them present a puppet show or play. Or better yet, get involved yourself and let your children "direct" you!
Practice interactive reading skills while reading with your child. Learning to read should be a joint effort. These are suggestions for reading with your child, not just reading to them or having them read to you.