We are in the midst of one the most exciting weeks on the calendar – Book Week! Your kids might be dressing up for school, or writing their own stories or maybe you’re just excited about shopping for some new titles (I know we are!!).
In keeping with this year’s Book Week theme, we’re giving you 5 ‘Find Your Treasure’ related activities for you to use at home. We hope you enjoy them and… happy Book Week!!
Literary Treasure Chest
Provide your child with a plain cardboard box and tell them they are going to create a Literary Treasure Chest – a treasure chest filled with books. They can decorate the box to look like a treasure and then they must follow these guidelines in order to fill it:
- 1 book that you’ve read over and over
- 1 book that makes you laugh
- 1 book that reminds you of when you were younger
- 1 book you love having read to you
- 1 book that is too hard for you at the moment, but you can’t wait to read
- 1 book you would recommend to someone else
- 1 book you love the illustrations of
- 1 book that’s been read so many times it’s falling apart
- 1 book your grown up loved reading to you when you were younger
- Your absolute favourite book!
Everyone in the family could complete their own Literary Treasure Chest and you could then swap and share.
Plan an old-fashioned household treasure hunt for your child. Leave them notes, with clues, dotted around the house and yard. They follow the clues to reach a reward at the end – maybe a new book or a gift voucher to a book shop.
For a little extra Book Week fun, make the clues book-related; for example:
‘Where did the three bears find Goldilocks?’
‘In Where the Wild Things Are, where did Max get sent?’
The children will love this activity and my guess is, once finished, they’ll be itching to have a go at planning a treasure hunt for you.
Super Scavenger Hunt
Another take on a Treasure Hunt, print off the attached Scavenger Hunt sheet and have your child fill it in. They might take it with them to a friend’s house or a family gathering, or they could take it to the park or a café and interview strangers. They could take it to school or a home school get-together and fill it in there. The only rules are: each box must be filled with a different name and they have to actually ask the people, themselves.
World Wide Web of Books
Give your child a copy of this world map: world map and give them internet access. Their job (and they might require a little help from you, depending upon their age) is to find the name of an author and a book they have had published, for every one of the seven continents of the world. The author must come from the continent they are matched to. You might decide they must currently live there, or you could decide they had to have been born there, or you could use either of those descriptors.
So, they must find an author and the title of a published book for:
- Antarctica (you may have to settle for someone who just lived/worked there for a while)
- Australia / Oceania
- North America
- South America
Once they have found the information online, they can write the author’s name and the book name into the matching continent on the world map.
Sizzling Starts Seeker
You child is going to become a seeker of Sizzling Starts! Ask them to take from their shelves, 20 different story and chapter books. Then give them a piece of paper and ask them to write down the first line of each one of the books. Once they have them written down, ask them to circle their favourite 3 first lines and get them to tell you why these lines are the best. Hopefully their answers will have something to do with, ‘because they make me want to read more’ or ‘because it starts in the middle of something and I want to know what’s going on’, or ‘because it’s funny’.
From that, talk to them about what makes a great first line and a Sizzling Start. Then, using the title of ‘Find Your Treasure’, have them write a sizzling start for a story. They can go on to write the whole story if they like, but just the start is enough for now.
So, with those activities and hopefully a dozen or so awesome books under your belt, enjoy Book Week and read, read, read!
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