School has been back in session for a bit now and we are settling back into the usual after school routine – snack, homework, dinner, bath and required nightly reading.
If you have school aged kids you’re probably familiar with the 20-30 minutes of independent nightly reading that is suggested by schools – or maybe you’re more familiar with the 20-30 minutes of heavy sighs, eye rolls and clear procrastination followed by 15 minutes of something that resembles begrudged reading and another 10 minutes of arguing about how long 20 minutes actually is before you throw in the towel and declare it bedtime.
My boys love to read and I’ve written before about the different ways we encourage early literacy every day at home. They just don’t like being told when and for how long to do it. In a way, I understand where they’re coming from – after a long day of school, after school clubs or sports and homework required reading time can be just the thing to push a tired kid over the edge.
I always want reading to be something my kids enjoy because it is so wonderful to escape into a good book – and I know reading will become easier and more natural if they truly enjoy it, so this year we are turning our nightly reading into a game!
Reading BINGO is a lot of fun – and the whole family can get involved! We make it a game to see who can complete the most BINGO cards and award prizes for being able to call “BINGO!”.
I like to tie the rewards back into reading, so a completed BINGO may get an extra bedtime story, a late bedtime to read independently in bed or even a new bookmark.
Another fun reward is a special trip to the library. You can make it even more fun by checking your local library calendar for a story time or craft event (most libraries host at least one throughout the month), this way the kids get to participate in a fun activity and then check out some new books.
There are a few different ways you can use these Printable Reading BINGO Cards. Find the way that works best for your child!
- Print as a full page and hang on the fridge or somewhere noticeable to encourage your child to check off completed boxes.
- Print as a 5X7 image and use them as bookmarks in chapter books your child is reading right now.
- Laminate the printable Reading BINGO cards and use a dry erase marker to keep track. At the end of the month erase the card and start again!
- Keep a box of small prizes like stickers and bookmarks to reward completed BINGO cards.
- Plan a trip to the library or book store after your child completes the entire card for some new reading material.
- Print a card for yourself and play along.
- Use fun stickers to mark off the BINGO boxes, so your child gets a small reward for each task!
- For older kids: Read a book or series and at the very end watch the movie, see the play or visit an attraction that is based on the book!
- Encourage kids to begin reading a series, and reward a completed card by going out together to buy or borrow the next book in the series.
Ready to begin your very own Reading Games? Click below to download the Free Reading BINGO Printable. Open the file and select print, then print in the size you want (I recommend full page for hanging or 5X7 for using as a bookmark). Uncheck the box that says “Fit Image To Page” on your printing dialog and then print away!
Have an awesome idea for encouraging reading? Want to share your child’s favorite motivation? Leave me a comment!