Book clubs are a great way for children to interact with each other and learn to read. Sometimes children can get bored or distracted while reading, so it's important to keep children interested in reading and being creative. You can do this by keeping them engaged in fun book club activities.
After a couple of book club meetings, buy some plain T-shirts and art crafts for children to make their own T-shirt with their favourite book or character on it from a past meeting. Not only is this activity really fun and hands-on, it gets children thinking about aspects of their favourite book or character. They must be able to think of the correct spelling of their favourite book, the characters, the plot line, what the characters look like and any details that stand out in the book. Upon completion of the activity, allow each child to discuss the book or character they chose by presenting their shirt to the club. Some safe crafts for kids to use on their T-shirts include non-toxic shirt markers, fabric paint, buttons, iron-on patches (adult help and supervision required), and stencils.
Making bookmarks is inexpensive way for new book club kids to interact with each other and find a love for reading. Lay out different colours of construction paper on a table with glue, tape, safe plastic scissors, glitter, stickers, crayons, markers and stencils. Each child in the book club will make a bookmark of their favourite character, their name or their favourite hobby. The ideas are endless and children can be really creative in thinking of fun ideas. Assist if a child needs help with cutting or gluing. Children will be excited to start reading so they can use their new bookmarks.
This game is meant for older children who know the alphabet. You can play with younger children, but assist in announcing the next alphabet letter for each child's turn. To play the Alphabet Game, each child must name a character, book, event or setting that begins with their respective letter. The first child starts with the letter "A" (they could say Arthur or "Alice in Wonderland"), the second child names a book, event or character that starts with the letter "B" (such as "Beauty and the Beast" or "Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales"), the third child names a book or character that starts with the letter "C" ("Cat and Mouse in a Haunted House"), and it goes on until the alphabet is complete.