Summer Reading Activity for Kids

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Reading to children has so many benefits and you can extend those benefits by reinforcing the story that you have read. A couple of months ago we blogged about bringing your child’s books to life by reading them and doing activities with I Am A Bunny book. Today our craft focuses on the lively series of Skippyjon Jones. We love the Color Crazy book because it teaches children their colors as well as using their imagination. After all, why can’t four Chihuahuas be red? 🙂

What you need:

  1. Skippyjon Jones Color Crazy book
  2. Crayons
  3. Paper

What to do:

  1. Read Color Crazy book together
  2. Reenact the book by drawing the scenes on a piece of paper: a blue sun, a purple puddle, etc.
  3. If your child is just learning her colors, reinforce this by asking her what color Skippyjon Jones colored the sun, etc.
  4. If your child is older, fold pieces of paper in half & put them inside each other to make a booklet. Have them make their own color crazy book. Ask them what color they would like to make the sun, a puddle, a bunny, etc.

What fun ways do you bring your child’s books to life?


8 Responses to “Summer Reading Activity for Kids”

  1. Katherine July 15, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    We checked this out of the library last week

  2. Michelle July 16, 2012 at 7:48 am #

    Katherine – That’s great! Happy to hear your kids are summer readers!

  3. Todd L July 17, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    Thank you for the good idea! We will have to see if our library has this book.

  4. Michelle July 17, 2012 at 8:25 am #

    Thank you for being a fan Todd. We have been having so much fun making books come alive with our kids. Stay tuned for more!

  5. Megan C July 19, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    LOVE this! My daughters are bookworms in a huge way and they have both grown up loving Skippyjon Jones!!

  6. Robyn Galloway August 8, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

    Awesome! My kids love skippyjon jones!

  7. Krissy August 25, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Some ideas to bring books to life involve food… like making muffins after reading “If you give a moose a muffin.” I also love Eric Carle books for craft ideas, like The Tiny Seed (plant a seed) or The Little Cloud (make cloud finger paintings).


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