When I started to transform the tent into a book nook, I decided to create a whole reading adventure/experience to go with my son's first look at the tent as a special reading space this summer. I packed his backpack with some trail mix, binoculars (made from toilet paper rolls), a flashlight and a notepad and pen (plus some stickers so that he could decorate his binoculars). I also decided that we would head out this morning in search of rabbits. We have come cottontails that often come into our yard, and we like to leave carrots and lettuce scraps under a special tree for them. Of course, we did not see any rabbits this morning. But, anticipating this, when I added some pillows, blankets and books to the tent to create the right reading environment, I also put two stuffed bunnies in the tent and The Velveteen Rabbit so that at the end of our walk, we would indeed find some rabbits. Oh - and I put some carrots in there too, which went very well with our trail mix for a morning snack.
|We often see bunnies underneath this tree at night.|
|Since there were none under the tree this morning,|
we went looking for them...
|Little brother is really checking these bunnies out!|
|I read The Velveteen Rabbit. Then big brother decided to read to all of us.|
He enjoys helping Caterpillar learn his alphabet.
|After reading time, Wild Thing and Caterpillar|
thought the bunnies needed to go to the park!
I would say our new Summer Book Nook is a hit, as was our recent summer reading adventure.
Is there a special reading space in your home? How do you make reading fun? Have you had a reading adventure lately? Please share. I love anything that makes reading even more special and fun for little ones. Here's some other reading adventures and fun books from The Kid's Co-Op last week.
Last week's Kid's Co-Op featured many creative book activities and great reading lists that I thought would be perfect to share. First, some awesome book activities:
- Book Detective activity from My Little Bookcase. I think a letter hunt in our tent would be perfect.
- I am also in love with this brilliant learning/spelling activity from Housing A Forest for the book There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.
- These Firefly Activities and Books from The Hands-On Homeschooler made me wish we had fireflies here in Southern California.
- Since we also loved the book little blue and little yellow by Leo Lionni, I was a big fan of the activities for the book that Simple Mommie shared.
- Buggy and Buddy shared a great list of books selected by Elementary School teachers.
- KC Edventures shared some wonderful books that are perfect for summer, including some camping books that I have already requested from my library.
- Sunlit Pages shared Pictures Books for Father's Day, but I think books about daddies are great anytime.
- Growing Book by Book shared books that help little ones learn to tie their shoes.
Sharing at: All Year Round Carnival: Summer, Sharing Saturday, After-School Link-Up, Tender Moments with Toddlers and Preschoolers Blog Hop, The Sunday Showcase, Stress-Free Sunday, Montessori Monday, Tuesday Tots, Eco-Kids Tuesday, Artsy Play Wednesday, Mom's Library, It's Playtime and Outdoor Play Party!