What do you get when you mix a living room tent made from pillows and blankets, a favorite book series, fun party food, reading by flashlight, some genuine quality time, and a few kids in pajamas? A recipe for a memorable reading party night, that’s what.
I found some fantastic reading party ideas at the Scholastic website and decided I would set aside an evening with my two youngest boys Joshua and Isaac and put together a Diary of a Wimpy Kid themed reading party (since that’s their current favorite book series).
Scholastic offers free inspirational materials to encourage valuable reading and family time together this Fall and Winter such as printable activities, book lists, tips for raising a reader and even a free Scholastic book offer at eveready.com/reader. Scholastic and EVEREADY® are teaming up to help parents shine a light on reading, even in the dark under an indoor tent like we did!
When preparing for our own party, the thing I wanted to keep in mind was just to keep it simple, and focus most of my effort on spending the time with the boys and encouraging their love of reading.
Inspired by characters and events in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, we made Greg’s Grape and Banana Smoothies and a Ham and Cheese Touch Snack Attack party tray.
First I built a tent in the living room and filled it with our favorite soft blankets and fluffy pillows. Then I let these two help in the kitchen with all the snack prep, which they loved. They were very proud of their work, but once we had it finished, it was time for the best part- story time!
Joshua has actually already read through the series, but it’s above Isaac’s reading level so Josh and I took turns reading several chapters aloud to him.
Since it wasn’t Isaac’s job to read, he took it upon himself to be the flashlight holder, which is a very important job you know.
I was the one to round out reading the final few pages while the boys listened, cuddled, and munched their snacks. That was after I went back to the kitchen to make and refill their smoothies of course.
Just those few special hours set aside in our evening to make memories have already stretched so far. They’re already planning their next reading night. Which books? What food? Can we make the tent even bigger so dad and the two dogs can fit inside too?
If you’d like to plan your own memorable reading party night, don’t foget that EVEREADY® and Scholastic are teaming up to bring you those downloadable party toolkits with a DIY activity guide so you can host the best party on the block.
To get you started, EVEREADY®’s high quality batteries and flashlights are reliable and affordable and can be purchased at Dollar General or Target.
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