AGES: Beginning readers, older readers
MATERIALS: Sports magazine or almanac, paper and pencil
You might challenge fans of Pete Rose to break his record for the number of careers hits (more than 4,200) by reading more than that number of book pages. Or if that much reading is out of their league, two kids can cooperate to break Roger Mariss record for the number of home runs hit in a single season-61-by reading 31 books apiece. A younger child might try to read as many pages as Hank Aaron hit home runs (755).
Suggest that your children set up their own goals using whatever sports trivia they like. A sports magazine or current almanac can provide up-to-date statistics. Here are a few possibilities:
- Record number of touchdowns in a season by a running back (a book equals a touchdown).
- Total yards gained in a season by a favorite team (a page equals a yard). Can your readers keep up with the team?
- Record number of points scored by a basketball player in a single game (a book equals apoint) or by a team in a single season (a page equals a point).
- If visual incentives work better with your children, suggest a track and field event. Do your children like the pole vault? Help them draw a scaled-down diagram of a pole vault (an inch equals a foot) with each inch equal to a book. A child will have to read twenty books to break the world record for the highest vault. Your kids can measure the pole and mark their own ascent. They can make similar record-breaking and record-keeping charts for the high jump, the long jump, or the hundred-yard dash (a book for every second).