What Is a Reading Picnic and How Can It Help Your Child Enjoy Reading?

Just because summer is coming to an end doesn’t mean that the sun is going to leave forever. In fact, the chances are that the warm climate will stick around for a few weeks more while you take advantage of the back-to-school savings on the Groupon Coupons page for Chaco. And while the sun is still around, why not take your child out and enjoy it with a reading picnic.

What Should You Read?

Being a reading picnic, you will definitely need a book. But which one should you choose? Instead of choosing something that you would enjoy or something which is educational. Alongside your youngster, work together to find a book that you will both enjoy. While you may not be accustomed to reading about magic and dragons, give it a go to help your child enjoy the activity.

What Should You Pack?

Of course, a book isn’t going to feed a hungry stomach! Along with your books, include some sandwiches with a range of fillings such as healthy salad to a tasty PB&J. Of course, don’t forget some water, juice, and maybe some soda as a treat. Oh, and don’t forget to bring some small chocolates or candy to use as treats (more on this below).

With the basket packed, it’s time to take your favorite blanket or picnic mat out of the garage and away you go!

Now What?

Head to your local park or find a similar quiet space where you and your youngster can sit in the shade and enjoy the book you have chosen. It’s important that you find somewhere without distractions so that you and your child can read peacefully.

Once you are reading, take a break after every chapter to discuss how you are both enjoying the book and where you think the storyline is going. Do your best to get excited about the story, and even talk about what kind of voice you think silly characters have, laughing as you chat.

You can even make small bets about who you think will make it to the end or which character is going to win a battle, with the prize being one of the chocolates or candies. Of course, if you are feeling adventurous, you could consider putting some chores on the betting table.

Not Finished Yet

On the way home, keep the excitement levels up by continuing to talk about the story. However, take it down a more educational path. For example, ask them to tell you three new words they learned from the book and what they mean. Or if you remember them struggling with the spelling of a certain work, give them a little quiz on it while you drive home.

A reading picnic is not only an enjoyable activity for both the parent and the youngster but it is also a great way to encourage children to see the joy of reading and to help them broaden their vocabulary and English skills. The next time that you are stuck for activities to do with your child, take them to the bookstore, pack a delicious basket of goodies, and enjoy a reading picnic!