Here's a link to a site that might interest you and your children. It's especially useful for homeschool families. Project P L A Y http://www.projectplaybooks.com/ has created books that encourage children to get outside and play.
A fun trip through Sam’s house, hunting for clues and finding the hidden treasure. Kids will enjoy looking for the clues on each page. The book also comes with clues the parents and children can use to create their own treasure hunts.
Follow the Leader
Follow Sam through Edgebrook as he picks up his pals and entertains the gang on a rainy day. Kids will pick up tips for playing the game of Follow the Leader with their friends.
Just a Baseball Game
Sam and his friends deal with the reality of bad sportsmanship by sticking together. This book will teach us all to be good sports and to enjoy “just playing ball.” The book comes with baseball cards for all the characters. Kick the Can
Play this timeless game with the kids of Edgebrook at their neighborhood block party. The book comes with the rules of the game and the inspiration for your kids to get out and play.
Ghosts in the Graveyard, Hand Jive & Scavenger Hunt
"Project Play began by advertising agency owner Marlene Byrne as she pondered the fading popularity of backyard games like “kick the can” and “ghosts in the graveyard.” After watching as her own children’s lives became consumed by electronic models of play and organized sports, Byrne decided to use books and stories to inspire kids to get out in the backyard, where creativity is born."
"The series debuted in the fall of 2008, where it has since been featured in both local and national publications. Each book features a different backyard game, is beautifully illustrated and inspires young readers to follow the lead of the Edgebrook gang as they use their imaginations to have fun."
So, pick up these books, and have them ready for the next time you hear somone say, "I'm bored!"
If you've been around this blog for any amount of time, you already know that I'm interested in promoting creative ways to help interest kids in reading. When I find one, that information is posted here.
Thank you for you continued interest in helping struggling and reluctant readers. Toward the end of September, or the very first of October, I'll be posting information about a new, magazine article I've written on this very important topic.
Until then, I hope you find Margo's article helpful.
You might be interested in a new e-book by Stuart Fish called
"Answers to 350 Quirky Questions that your kids will ask you one day".
I could see this book being of value in the classroom, in homeschool settings, or as something fun for anyone who enjoys trivia.
Here are just a few examples:
Q: When do I grow fastest? A: In the springtime, just like plants and trees.
Q: Why are babies’ legs so floppy when they are born? A: Babies are born without kneecaps. Well, not quite true – Babies’ kneecaps are made of cartilage, which is softer and only grow into bone at about 3 years old.
Q: How long can an olive tree live for A: Up to 1500 years
Q: What are the five continents? A: They are : The Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania.
The book is broken down as follows:
Quirky Questions about: My Body pg 3 Animals and Insects pg 11 Vehicles and Transport pg 35 The Universe pg 37 Earth, Nature and the Environment pg 39 At Home and at School pg 44 Science pg 45 Food & Drink pg 47 Music pg 51 Buildings and Structures pg 53 Sport and Health pg 54 Games and Toys pg 56 Countries pg 57 Movies, TV and Cartoon Characters pg 65 Crazy Stuff pg 67
It’s clear that “Answers to 350 Quirky Questions” will be of interest to “kids” of any age.