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Catch the Reading Bug
Make a cute centipede that remembers each book your child has read. With every new book, the reading bug grows longer!
Catch the Reading Bug
Ages: Adults and Kids 6 and Up
Duration: Over One Hour

    WHAT YOU NEED

  • 1 48.7 oz NESTLÉ® NESQUIK® canister lid
  • Permanent markers
  • Crayons
  • Pencil
  • Safety scissors
  • Sheets of construction paper or craft foam in various colors
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Craft knife
  • Brads

    HOW TO DO IT

  • Pick a location for the reading bug. Make sure there is plenty of room for it to grow!

  • Cut 6 to 10 circles out of construction paper or craft foam. You can add more circles as the reading bug grows.

  • Using permanent markers, draw a funny bug face on the surface of the round NESQUIK lid.

  • Center 1 of the circles to the back of the bug face and glue in place.

  • Curl 2 pipe cleaners for the reading bug's antennae.

  • Insert 1 end of each pipe cleaner into the construction paper or craft foam just above the bug's eyes and glue to secure.

  • Each time your child has completed a book, write the name of the book and the date it was finished on 1 of the circles.

  • (PARENTS) Make a small hole at the very bottom of the bug's face (next to the rim of the lid.)

  • Attach the first circle to the bug's face by pushing a brad through the circle (about 1/2” in from the edge) and then through the small hole that was made in the lid. Open the brad to secure the circle to the lid.

  • Add the second circle to the first by overlapping them slightly and pushing the brad through the 2 circles. As before, open the brad to secure the circles.

  • As the reading bug grows, attach it to a wall, bulletin board or refrigerator.

    TIPS

  • If you want to use the reading bug for more than 1 child, assign each child a specific colored circle. Watching their circles make the bug grow will help motivate them to read even more!

  • Suggest drawing a small picture about the book your child has finished.

  • Sometimes, talking about the book together will help give your child wonderful ideas for his or her illustration!

    FOLLOW-UP FUN

  • Take your children to the library or bookstore when a children's book author is giving a reading.

  • Attend a children's theater performance based on a favorite child's book. You can read it to your child before the play, if it is above their reading level. After the play, talk about how similar or different it was from the book.

Ask them if the characters in the play were as they had imagined them when they were reading.
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