Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Stop Summer Slide with Fun Reading Challenges


My number one tool for combating summer slide is reading. We usually enroll every year in our library's summer reading program. It's a great place to start. And honestly, if this is the only thing you're doing to beat summer slide, then you're in great shape.

Reading every day is so important. Your kids will keep their reading level steady - and they may even improve! They'll learn some new facts and increase their vocabulary. And best of all, they'll have fun.

I've rounded up some fun reading challenges for kids. I know you'll find some ideas that work for your family.


If you're looking for something simple, you'll find a fun reading log your kids can color at This Reading Mom. Each time they read a book, they can color in one of the books on the shelf.

Get a line across, down, or vertical. Or go for the ultimate challenge with a black out! The Chirping Moms has three different BINGO cards you can print for summer reading fun.

Challenge your kids to think outside of the box. Clare's Contemplations has a fun summer reading challenge for kids that will get your kids reading all kinds of different things.

Try a punch card for a fun reading incentive. Print out these printable punchcard bookmarks at Over the Big Moon. Your kids can earn a punch for ever book they read, or every time they read for 30 minutes, or whatever you decide.

Challenge your kids to read around the world. Print out the reading challenge map at Stuffed Suitcase. You can read the books suggested in the post or challenge your kids to find their own books that take place in the selected areas around the world.

Can you read 100 books this summer? That's a HUGE challenge isn't it? If your kids are up for the challenge, they can read a book in each of the 100 places in this challenge from The Measured Mom.


Help your kids be a Summer Reading Star with this printable summer reading kit complete with Summer Reading BINGO, reward coupons, a summer reading banner and more. You can find it at How Does She. (Note: This is a subscriber freebie, so you will need to subscribe to the email list to gain access to this printable.

Display all the books you read on this printable summer reading chain at Eighteen25. Each time your child reads a book, they can fill in the information and add a new link to their chain. It would be fun to see how long your chain can grow.

Simple As That has a pretty printable summer reading kit with an old-fashioned flair. (I loved how much it reminded me of the old library card pockets.)

Childhood 101 has a great reading log printable that you can use time and time again. Challenge your kids to fill in the entire log. There's even a star rating system so you can easily remember the books you liked a lot and the books you didn't.

Are you up for some fun - and somewhat challenging - reading challenges for the summer? Check out these 9 challenges from Growing Book by Book. You'll be reading books you never would have thought of before.

Go on a library scavenger hunt and see what you can find! Read books across all genres to complete this challenge found here.

Don't forget to make some fun new bookmarks to help you keep track of your reading.

Get creative with a hole-punch and make these fun and colorful Hole-Punched Bookmarks.

Magic Wand Reading Pointers can work as both a bookmark and a reading pointer. You'll definitely want a supply of these.

Make some fun corner bookmarks. Red Ted Art has so many great ideas. You can make Minions, pandas, emoji, butterflies, and more.

Keep reading this summer and beat summer slide!

Stop summer slide with fun reading challenges.



You can find more great ideas for stopping summer slide on one of these posts:

Ideas for integrating science and literacy from Share it! Science News

Having fun to prevent the Summer Slide from 3 Dinosaurs

Fun activities that are also educational from Mama Smiles

Why boredom is good for kids from Room to Play

Why I am not worried about the Summer Slide from Planet Smarty Pants

How to stop the summer slide with books from Thriving STEM


Stop Summer Slide While Learning in the Garden

Stop Summer Slide with Outdoor Math Games


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1 comment:

  1. I’m happy that I found your summer reading challenge. Actually, I found it accidently by searching for summer reading challenge because I wanted some good books for mine summer reading challenge. At your blog I found an awesome tips how to make an interesting summer reading challenge for kids. I think that making it look fun and colorful are the best way to capture children’s heart and mind. I agree that 100 books challenge is quite difficult, but it will be okay if books are interesting, fun to read and after reading children could fill some colorful papers. I’m thinking of making summer reading challenge plan and not printing them. I’m not saying that printable is bad idea, but I would like to make it by myself. Anyways, thank you for sharing. Have a nice summer reading challenge!

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