Make reading fun: getting creative with children’s books
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Once you’ve got all of your best books for kids at the ready from our book inspiration blog, you can also create some fun and free activities for your little ones, inspired by children’s books.
There are thousands of free activities online to help make reading fun. Here are our favourites!
For starters, explore the Kids Zone on Love Reading 4 Kids to download colouring templates, and find lots of creative book inspired exercises for children to complete.
Lots of organisations have dedicated pages on their website for activities to complete at home… HomeTime from BookTrust includes a range of reading related activities and resources children can do at home. Here’s a link to the best activities for children across different age groups.
The National Literacy Trust has a brilliant range of resources and ideas to keep kids entertained in their online Family zone. Activities are handily packaged into age ranges.
The Roald Dahl website has a whole Things To Do Indoors section with brilliant worksheets, games and activities, all inspired by Dahl classics. You can learn how to draw your favourite characters, make a musical grasshopper, or even learn how to make a volcano inspired by George’s Marvellous Medicine.
On 9th June it’s national Empathy Day where the Empathy Lab will be bringing you lots of brilliant online events and home-based activities to help children read, connect and act using empathy. Empathy Lab will also be launching an exclusive Family Pack with some great ideas to get kids reading, writing, drawing, crafting and more! Available here.
There are also lots of great screenwriting and script activities online to help children enjoy reading aloud and performing their favourite stories. The Reading Rep Theatre have lockdown drama packs to inspire children to create their own plays and Fly High Stories have re-created traditional children’s tales into short and fun playscripts for children and families to try together at home.
Stay safe and keep reading!