When I hear the words Summer Vacation I automatically think Summer Reading. How do you prepare for the hot days of Summer to encourage reading? How about preparing a Summer Reading Space? With a little effort and sometimes a little creativity you can create a great Summer Reading Space for your children to enjoy.
Yes, Summer is a time to be outside and enjoy all the fun things you cannot do during the Winter but sometimes it is just too hot out to enjoy it. When it’s too hot to be outside is a perfect time to be indoors reading!
1. Summer Reading Outdoors in a Shady Spot
We grab a comfy lounge chair or set up a hammock so that we can read in the shade under our big maple tree in the backyard.
2. Summer Reading Outdoors on a Swing
If you own a large bench swing or garden swing then you can take advantage of reading while sitting on the swing.
3. Summer Reading Indoors in a Quiet Corner
My children have been known to sit behind the couch, next to mom and dad’s bed or in the dog crate for a quiet read.
4. Summer Reading Indoors in a Tent
We just so happen to own a 2 person tent that can be setup indoors without taking too much room. We also bought Lil’ Red a Thomas the Tank Engine tent that can be put up for a fun place to read as well.
5. Create a Top bunk Reading Spot
If you own a bunk bed or a trundle bed then you can create a great reading getaway either with lots of pillows and soft blankets or with a tent bed topper.
6. Behind the Couch Summer Reading Fun
If you have a wide enough living-room then consider pulling the couch away from the way a foot or two so your child can sneak behind it with a book and a pillow.
7. Box House with Pillows is Great for Summer Reading
Ordered a new appliance or large order from Walmart or Amazon lately? Keep that box for a few weeks and allow your child a chance to make it their own reading nook.
8. Read with a Sibling
My children have plenty of possibilities to read with one another but don’t forget even your youngest child can “read” a book to an older child by looking at the pictures and telling the story.
I hope that these 8 ideas have inspired you to create the perfect Summer Reading Space for your family!
Glenda Cates says
I cheat and take a book, drink, and candles and climb into my Garden Tub and just veg out. Or I turn on the Treadmill and grab my book and walk for 30 minutes. This way I get to read and exercise at the same time. And when Charlie goes to the Park I take my book and after I walk I sit and read while he plays. And if we are going to be running errands I always take a book with me.
That’s not cheating that’s good sense as a mom!
We have a large sofa that has lots of cushions on it, my daughter loves to curl up in the cushions to read. We have a little gazebo in the garden for the warmer months, it’s lovely to read under.
Those both sound like glorious places to read. I am super excited since Summer Reading Clubs begin in less then 2 weeks around here!
Great ideas! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!
Linda S says
I’ve been working on summer reading lists, but had not thought about preparing a summer reading place. Love your ideas – thanks for the inspiration! (and for sharing them at Encouraging Hearts & Home blog hop)
It’s hard to think of these in the heat of the Summer when kids are cranky or bored so I come up with ideas for my own family that I like to share in hopes of inspiring others:)