Keep Kids Reading with Summer Book Crafts & Activities

Summer is a great time to kick back, play outside, travel, and enjoy life a little more. Kids are out of school and schedules are relaxed. But that doesn't mean we should stop reading! Numerous studies have shown that kids who stop reading over the summer can lose up to 3 months of progress, and the loss is cumulative. But this "summer slide" doesn't have to happen! Keep kids reading all summer long with these fun book inspired activities and crafts, plus some recommendations for fun summer reading.

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Summer Book Activities & Crafts

Glow in the Dark Ocean Bottle based on Secrets of the Seashore

Underwater Doggies 1,2,3 (perfect for the water table!)

Read & Play with Mrs. Wishy Washy's Farm (another great outdoor activity)

Little Blue Truck Sensory Bin (try this in the sandbox!)

Shark Sight Words - Growing Book by Book

Dr. Seuss CVC Words (with One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish) - Dabbling Momma

Island Sensory Play - Teach Beside Me

Paper Plate Shark Visor - Letters in the Sand

Want more? Check out 50+ book activities & crafts here!

Summer Book Lists

Stop the summer slide with fun book activities and crafts for kids! Find books to keep kids reading all summer long.

Summer Books for Kids of All Ages - Superheroes and Teacups

20 Best Books About Beaches for Children - The Jenny Evolution

Books About the Ocean - Cutting Tiny Bites

Books About Bikes - Growing Book by Book

Want more? Find 70 book lists on all subjects here.

For more ideas on how to keep kids reading all summer, check out 7 Tips for Fun Summer Reading by Busy Moms Helper.

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