March is National Reading Month!

Feb 20, 2018 / By Katherine Rea

Celebrate National Reading Month by reading with your kids! Reading is a great way to explore new worlds and characters, and create lifelong memories. Reading to children, whether or not they’re able to read themselves yet, creates a feeling of closeness and comfort for them, and it promotes early reading comprehension skills. Did you know that every crate in a KiwiCo subscription includes a magazine that explores the crate theme in more depth?


It can be tough encouraging kids to read when they find it more challenging than enjoyable. One thing to remember is that strong readers draw upon their prior knowledge and life experiences to make connections to what is happening on the page. When children make personal connections, they are better able to think about and understand what they are reading.


That’s why our instructions and blueprints for every KiwiCo project are such a vital part of encouraging literacy — what happens on the page translates directly to what your child is building in real time. It’s the perfect way for young readers to practice relating what they’re reading to what they’re interacting with in the real world.


Reading helps develop good communication skills and the IMAGINATIONS of young minds! Plus, when children feel confident in their ability to read, they can start to take the initiative when it comes to learning new things. That’s why we offer upgrades to Deluxe on our subscription lines for older kids (Koala, Kiwi, and now Tinker!). When you upgrade your KiwiCo subscription to deluxe, we’ll choose a unique title to extend the fun and learning of each month’s crate topic! When you subscribe, sign up for Deluxe for an additional $9.95 per month.


Here are some other fun activities you can try for National Reading Month!

Story Cards – Looking for a fun way to fuel your kids’ creativity and communication skills? These 30 story starters will stretch their imaginations and help them spin yarns worth weaving!


Pom-Pom Bookmarks – Here’s a great project for little readers! Kids can create a fun, fluffy bookmark…and then find a great book.


Fancy Word Wall – Help your child build their vocabulary (and reading confidence!) by decorating index cards for challenging, or newly-learned, words. Mix and match them to practice building phrases!


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