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  • Holiday Wish Cakes
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    summary Share your wishes with family and friends when you give holiday wish cakes to family and friends this season. Source: RIF CATEGORIES: Celebrations and Holidays AGES: MATERIALS: None TYPE: None TIME OF DAY: None MATERIALS:

  • Kids in the Kitchen
    1-2, meal, indoor

    summary Children love to take orders from you in the kitchen. Read aloud the recipes and let them be the perfect chef's assistant. Source: Reading Is Fundamental CATEGORIES: Family Time, Math, Rainy Day Fun, Vocabulary Building

    • 1-2
    • 3-5
    • 6-8
  • Clean Up Your Community
    1-2, small group, play, outdoor

    summary Look around your community. Do you see graffiti, pollution, or waste? Source: Reading Is Fundamental CATEGORIES: Exploring Nature, Out and About AGES: 9-12 teen MATERIALS: Minimal TYPE: Outdoor TIME OF DAY: Play If

    • 9-12
    • teen
  • New Year Family Time Capsule
    1-2, small group, play, indoor

    summary If your family could look back on themselves a year from now what would they think? As part of your New Year celebration this year, pack a time capsule to be opened the same time next year, if you can stand to wait

    • 3-5
    • 6-8
    • 9-12
    • teen
  • Around the World in Eighty Books
    1-2, large group, small group, play, indoor, outdoor, traveling

    summary Reading can make globe-trotters of your children or send them on a cross-country trek. Charting their travels on a real map will help them visualize where stories actually take place and help them understand how geography

    • 3-5
    • 6-8
    • 9-12
    • teen
  • Make Your Own Fortune Cookies
    1-2, small group, meal, play, indoor

    summary Fortune cookies are fun for reading as well as eating. You don't have to go out to a Chinese restaurant to have them; with the help of a parent, you can make 'em and bake 'em right in your own oven, or poke paper

    • 1-2
    • 3-5
    • 6-8
    • 9-12
    • teen
  • A Penny for Your Books
    1-2, large group, small group, play, indoor, outdoor

    summary Pennies are the stepping stones to a special place on this homemade map, but it takes reading, not walking, to get there. Source: The RIF Guide to Encouraging Young Readers. CATEGORIES: Reading AGES: 1-2 3-5 6-8 9-12

    • 1-2
    • 3-5
    • 6-8
    • 9-12
  • Family Collage
    1-2, small group, play, indoor

    summary Your kids will love to make a photo collage of your family. Source: Reading Is Fundamental CATEGORIES: Rainy Day Fun, Seasonal Activities AGES: 1-2 3-5 6-8 9-12 teen MATERIALS: Minimal TYPE: Indoor TIME OF DAY: Play

    • 1-2
    • 3-5
    • 6-8
    • 9-12
    • teen
  • Family Reading Hour
    1-2, small group, bed, play, indoor

    summary For children to become lifelong readers, it's important that they view reading as something that enriches our lives, not just an academic subject in school. One way to accomplish this is by establishing a Family Reading

    • 3-5
    • 6-8
    • 9-12
    • teen
  • Local Ghost Stories
    1-2, play, indoor, outdoor

    summary Visit your local historical society and find famous ghosts. Source: Reading Is Fundamental CATEGORIES: History, Reading, Seasonal Activities, Writing AGES: teen MATERIALS: Minimal TYPE: Indoor, Outdoor TIME OF DAY:

    • teen
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