How to Create Family Book Adventures With Fictional Characters

Do your kids ever dress up like their favorite characters?

Want to take that a step further and introduce more ways to bring books to life?

Have a family book adventure and help the stories live on.

Teach your kids to make friends with fictional characters from books and they won’t be bored at all this summer.

In this article I’ll show you six fun ways to create book adventures with fictional characters for lots of family fun. They’ll encourage your kids to read more, stretch their imaginations and play.

Want kids to turn off TV and tune into reading? Bring books to life! Take kids on a book adventure that goes beyond the pages. They won't be bored all summer.

Why Explore Fictional Characters?

Summer is a time to relax and have fun with your kids. You may be tempted (and they may be begging) to turn on the TV, video games and other electronic devices to cure your kids’ boredom. But it’s healthier to encourage your kids to connect with fictional characters that don’t require an “on” switch.

Books introduce you to an endless range of incredible fictional characters and give you a peek into places and times you may have never imagined—even whole new imaginary worlds. (Dr. Seuss, anyone?)

You and your kids can enjoy your favorite books and the characters you meet in them long after you’ve reached “The End.”



How to Stage a Shadow Puppet Show Your Kids Will Love

Do your kids like to tell stories?

Are they fascinated by the interaction of light and shadow?

Introduce them to the ancient Chinese art of shadow-puppet theater and put on your own family show. It’s easier than you think!

In this article, I’ll show you how to make simple shadow puppets to fit any story your kids can dream of and create your very own Chinese shadow theater to bring the silhouettes to life.

Your family will enjoy poetic evening shows and make lasting memories together.

Make simple shadow puppets to fit any story your kids can dream of and create your very own Chinese shadow theater to bring the silhouettes to life.

Why Play With Shadows?

Shadows are mysterious, intriguing and fun. My kids love to play nighttime flashlight games. They enjoy casting shadows on the walls with their bed lamps, creating different shapes and creatures. And they’ve always been puzzled by their stretched shadows in the low light of a summer evening. I bet your kids like shadows, too.

Shadows have a fleeting, poetic quality, and playing with shadows will let your kids’ imaginations soar.

A shadow-puppet play provides everything you need to have a great family experience—it’s artistic, scientific, interactive, fun and easy to put together.

And it draws from a rich cultural tradition from ancient China.



How to Stage a Family Play With Your Kids

Do your kids love the limelight?

Do they like to dress up and impersonate other people?

Have you considered channeling all that energy into a family play?

Make your kids the writers, directors and stagehands in your own family play.

In this article, I’ll show you all you need to know to produce and perform a fun family play that’s sure to get lots of applause.

Fun family play: learn how to make your kids the stars, writers, directors and stagehands in a simple play you write, produce and perform at home.

Why Put on a Play?

A play is fun and easy to do. You can perform just about any kind of story with things you already have in your house. And you can spend as little as half an hour or as long as a whole afternoon on your theatrical adventure.


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