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Creative Ways to Make Stories Come to Life

My most favorite part of every night is snuggling with my son in his rocking chair for story time. The knowledge he gains from the stories we read completely amazes me. Wanting to make this love and enthusiasm for reading continue to grow, I’ve decided to take our story time one step further. Make reading fun and interactive with these Creative Ways to Make Stories Come to Life.

I received samples and compensation in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. 

Creative Ways to Make Stories Come to Life

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1. Have a Pajama Reading Party! Bring a flashlight and treats and read your favorite stories inside of a tent. After all, what could be better than reading in your PJ’s in a tent?

2. Act out the stories you read. Wear costumes, use accents, and really get into the story line.

3. Read in creative places. As a little girl, I remember my mom making story time extremely fun by letting us read with pillows and blankets in the bathtub! Bring books to the park, read outside in the playhouse, or under the stars.

4. Make books come alive in the kitchen. Cook the dishes you read about.

5. Combine stories with games, adventures, and activities with Imaginary Friends.

Created by a father who understands the importance of reading (and the excitement of bringing stories to life), Imaginary Friends is a new platform that combines engaging chapter books with interactive activities that truly allow your child to become a part of the story. Although these books are aimed for readers aged 8-12, there are many games and activities that my little son can enjoy with the help of mom and dad. Let me tell you a little bit about how Imaginary Friends Works.

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The series of stories is broken up into individually bound chapters. Upon completion of each chapter, your child will log onto the Imaginary Friends website and complete an activity. Activities include things like puzzles, scavenger hunts, craft and recipe suggestions, mazes, and a GPS enabled game of Hot and Cold.

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After the activity is finished, Imaginary Friends’ e-mail system will send you (the parent) a message telling you to give your child the next chapter to read. Best of all, you can create the perfect timeline of events – reading by night, activities by day.

reading activities

Let me just say that Chapter 1 Capes in the Family was a huge hit with my son! After-all, what child doesn’t enjoy a thrilling tale about robots? As a mother, I can truly appreciate the idea of allowing my child to be completely immersed in the books he reads. This platform allows me to interact with my son as he interacts with stories. Although Imaginary Friends does call for some work on the part of the parents, there’s no better way to make learning fun. What a perfect summertime activity to help your child learn, grow, and interact with the stories they read.

Be sure to visit Imaginary Friends and make reading come to life.

How do you make reading exciting for your children?

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kristin

Wednesday 17th of June 2015

My kids are just excited to read. I guess lucky me. Now how long do they stay focused is another question I am still working on.

Tammy Woodall

Monday 15th of June 2015

Wow, these ways to read a story are great. My niece and nephew would love this.

shelly peterson

Sunday 14th of June 2015

This is a great way to make reading more fun, which would be good for my son.

Emily

Saturday 13th of June 2015

How FUN! My boys would likely enjoy this story as well!

Parent Club

Friday 12th of June 2015

This is such a great idea. It can be hard to track your kids reading. I will have to try this.

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