Help Your Child Have Fun With Summer Reading

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School is out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean your child’s reading should stop. You can make summer reading fun with this summer reading tree. For every book your child reads, his or her reading tree receives a leaf. Make a game of it by trying to have the tree full of leaves by summer’s end!

What you need:

  1. White paper
  2. Non-toxic glue or tape
  3. Brown marker
  4. Scissors (adult use only)
  5. Different colors of construction paper for the leaves

What to do:

  1. Have your child draw the trunk of a tree on the white construction paper.
  2. Label the tree with your child’s name to personalize it.
  3. Cut out leaves for the tree so your child sees them which will encourage him or her to want to fill the tree up with leaves.
  4. For every book that your child reads write the name of the book and author on the leaf and glue or tape it to the tree.
  5. Hang the tree in a prominent place to encourage your child to read.

Be sure to keep the tree as a memento. It will be fun to pull out at a graduation to show the seeds of learning that were planted early on.


2 Responses to “Help Your Child Have Fun With Summer Reading”

  1. Courtney June 22, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    I love this idea! Especially when my daughter can fully read. I’d love to make a tree like this and then place it in a frame for her room! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. MichelleH June 26, 2012 at 8:10 am #

    Thanks Courtney! We are huge advocates of reading to and with our children all year long. 🙂