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I grew up loving to read and I’ve tried to encourage my boys to have the same love of reading. Summer is the time when we do the most reading together. Because they aren’t in school with books assigned to them I want to make sure we keep up our reading habits. And even though the twins are getting older I find that they still love it when I read to them. This summer I picked the Percy Jackson series as our summer reading project. They will be studying some ancient Greek materials next year (I think parts of the Odyssey are on their reading list) so I thought these books would be a fun introduction to some of those names and stories.
If you’ve read the series (or seen any of the movies) then you know that Percy’s father is *spoiler alert* Poseidon. Otherwise known as the Sea God. And his symbol of power is a trident. For a fun project the twins and I made our own mini tridents that are actually pencils.
I started by drawing a trident with a width the same as a wooden pencil. I cut out that drawing and then traced it onto thin cardboard (I used an empty cereal box). I traced it four times and cut out 4 pieces of cardboard. Using masking tape I attached two pieces of cardboard together and then attached the other two pieces together. So I had two sets of two pieces of cardboard.
Then I stacked a cardboard trident, my pencil, and the other cardboard trident. Followed by more masking tape to tape the whole thing together. Once the trident was assembled I used aluminum foil to cover my trident and make it look like metal.
And because the cardboard trident is over the eraser end of the pencil, you can write with and use your trident pencil! I had the boys write letters to Percy Jackson with their pencils to tell him about their summer adventures.
Littlest enjoys listening to the Percy Jackson books but they can get a little frightening for him sometimes. So we have our own story time together just the two of us. He just finished kindergarten and I am so impressed with his reading skills. And I love that he wants to try to read EVERYTHING. One of his favorite series for us to read together are the Pigeon books by Mo Willems. We take turns reading some of the pages and he loves practicing inflections while reading some of the lines (especially when the Pigeon is ‘shouting’).
We decided it would be fun to take our own pigeon on an adventure and let him know what he can and can’t do.
And all of our summer reading books came on our road trip with us this summer. Books are a vacation essential if I am packing. I think Zenni Optical agrees. Zenni Optical encourages families to enjoy their favorite books whether it’s around the campfire, at the beach or pool, in the car for a family road trip, or reenacting their favorite book scenes during outdoor play. And they offer both prescription and non-prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses so families can see and experience the best of summer.
I got glasses when I was in 1st grade and my husband wears glasses as well, so I assume that at some point all of my kids will need to wear glasses. The twins started wearing them a couple of years ago. Zenni provides on-trend, quality eyewear for the whole family to wear with confidence at affordable prices. enni has released new styles for kids, check them out here: http://www.zennioptical.com/kids/eyeglasses
How do you make reading fun? Let me know!
Looking for more crafts based on your favorite books? Check out these Harry Potter Crafts!