Showing posts with label Summer reading. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Summer reading. Show all posts

Monday, July 10, 2017

7 Fun Summertime Journaling Activies for Kids Part 2


Here it is: Part 2!

#3 The Cipher/I Spy Journal
Kids can collect secret codes in their journals. You can write a secret message in their journals and they can write messages in each other's journals. I haven't met a kid yet (young or old) who doesn't enjoy a good, old-fashioned secret decoder. 

Google ciphers and you have a plethora to choose from. Here is a link to the cipher wheel I used:


This gives you 26 different substitution alphabet possibilities.

Practice one code all week long. Add another code every week. Cub Scouts have a section  about Indian glyphs. That would make a super fun secret code.



National Treasure made the Ottendorf cipher famous:

  • Each correspondent has a copy of the same book title and edition to use as the key.
  • This cipher consists of three numbers  X  -  X  -  X
  • The first number is the page number, the second number is the line on that page, and the third number is the letter in that line.

There are some fun books to read for summer hidden clue fun:




For twelve-year-old Emily, the best thing about moving to San Francisco is that it's the home city of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, book publisher and creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger (a game where books are hidden in cities all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles). Upon her arrival, however, Emily learns that Griswold has been attacked and is now in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch. Then Emily and her new friend James discover an odd book, which they come to believe is from Griswold himself, and might contain the only copy of his mysterious new game.
Racing against time, Emily and James rush from clue to clue, desperate to figure out the secret at the heart of Griswold's new game―before those who attacked Griswold come after them too.

This was so much fun to read that I did a scavenger hunt for two of my kids' families. The author has a fun website where there are clues to books hidden by fans all over the country. The author, herself hides books whenever she goes on tour. It's kind of like geo-caching for books.

Here is the sequel:


Mr. Quisling is definitely up to something mysterious, and Emily and James are on high alert. First, there's the coded note he drops at a book event. Then, they uncover a trail of encrypted messages in Mark Twain-penned books hidden through Book Scavenger. What's most suspicious is that each hidden book triggers an arson fire.
As the sleuthing friends dig deeper, they discover Mr. Quisling has been hunting a legendary historical puzzle: the Unbreakable Code. This new mystery is irresistible, but Emily and James can't ignore the signs that Mr. Quisling might be the arsonist.
The clock is ticking as the arson fires multiply, and Emily and James race to crack the code of a lifetime.

Another fun cipher for kids is the PIG PEN cipher:




Another fun book to read with your kids this summer is:




This was one of my most favorite books growing up. I loved to spy around the neighborhood and write everything down in my notebook. Harriet's journal gets her into trouble, so a word to the wise..."keep it secret, keep it safe."

No matter what...

Keep on Journaling!


Thursday, June 29, 2017

7 FUN Summertime Journaling Activities for Kids




Keeping kids engaged in fun, worthwhile activities all summer can be daunting. The novelty of sleeping in and lack of homework wears off. About now, your kids may be some of those, "I'm bored, Mom," kids. After all, it is a mom's job to fix everything, right?

Arm yourself with an arsenal of fun things to do. Keep a list of activities handy, and remain calm (and flexible).

In this post I'm going to introduce you to 7 fun journaling activities. I'll suggest some printables for the first two activities in this post and continue the next 5 in follow-up posts. There's just too much stuff to put in one post, and I really don't think you want to sit here and read all day when you can go play with your kids!

7 Fun Summertime Journaling Activities:
1.  Host a Journaling Party--This is a fun activity for Cub Scouts, Achievement Days for girls, Girl Scouts, your own kids or grandkids.
2.  Play School--this is especially fun for preschoolers.
3.  Cipher collection/I Spy Journals--I haven't met a kid yet who doesn't like to spy or decode things!
4. Travel Journals--This makes even the longest road trip more interesting, and fun to look at later.
5.  Camp Journals--skills list, basic first aid, sketch page, etc.
6.  Adventure Journals--Take a pretend African Safari, trip to outer space, or time travel to historical events. This holds more interest for older kids.
7. Young Author workbooks--Get the kids interested in writing their own stories.

These ideas are just the tip of the iceberg to help get your own creative juices going...

For your own kids, this is a fun book to read about journals:

This is not an affiliate link, but you can find it on Amazon.com






1.  Starting with Host a Journaling Party:
  • Provide one adult to every 3-4 children for assistance.
  • Provide inexpensive composition notebooks and supplies so the kids can design their own journal covers, and help them cover in clear contact paper.
  • Provide enough supplies for each child; tape, glue sticks, double-sided tape, scissors, crayons, colored pencils, markers, stickers, and some fun scrapbook papers.
  • Provide printables of the first three pages, "All About Me," "My Favorite Things," and "My Family Portrait," or something of your own design.



All about Me in circles or shapes.




You can find all of these in the Library of Printables.
Just subscribe to our email list and I'll send the link to the Library.
You could also make fun bookmarks if you have time or for a follow-up activity. Encourage the kids to write in their journals at least once a week.

2.  Play School
  • Use inexpensive composition notebooks.
  • Draw letters that the kids can trace or outline with stickers.
  • Draw your child's name and let them trace it.
  • Make counting pages using stickers and trace the numbers.
  • Trace shapes.
  • Use FREE printables of your choice.
Cassie at 3 dinosaurs makes a plethora of Free printables!

These are the FREE printables you'll find in my Library:




Stay tuned for the next 5 journaling activities...


Happy Journaling,

Monday, May 16, 2016

Review of Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

For twelve-year-old Emily, the best thing about moving to San Francisco is that it's the home city of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, book publisher and creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger (a game where books are hidden in cities all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles). Upon her arrival, however, Emily learns that Griswold has been attacked and is now in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch. Then Emily and her new friend James discover an odd book, which they come to believe is from Griswold himself, and might contain the only
copy of his mysterious new game.
Racing against time, Emily and James rush from clue to clue, desperate to figure out the secret at the heart of Griswold's new game―before those who attacked Griswold come after them too.


This book was a lot of fun to read. I sympathized with the main character but I also thought she was a little too self-centered. She's so focused on herself that she doesn't know what it means to be a good friend. I suppose that's typical for girls this age.
The whole idea behind this book is fun and unique, bound to get kids excited about reading.
Included with the book is a website that explains the idea and how your family can participate. It's like geo-caching, only with books. It's an adventure, a treasure hunt and lots of intriguing fun.
My grandkids always get bored after the first week of summer. Little do they know what Grandma has planned.
I hope to keep it going all summer long.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

3 Summer Reading Programs

Are you armed with cures for Summertime boredom?
Kids need a good mix of physical and quiet-time activities:

Family Hiking



Biking



Water Fun
And



Reading

Kids love a challenge with rewards.




Salt Lake County Library System has a fun program--
contact your local library!

Here's a great link to a summer reading challenge by a home-schooling mom with a free downloadable and lots of book suggestions for each genre.