When it comes to teaching reading, my wonderful wife does almost all of it, and our oldest two have become great readers. Becki has been working with our third child, Isaiah, and he has gotten to the point where he can read sentences (as long as you pick the right kind of words).
So today I did a reading activity to encourage Isaiah to practice what he has learned. I had already done this activity years ago with Elijah and Ruth.
Basically the activity goes like this:
I blew up a bunch of balloons and wrote sentences on them. Since Becki has been working with Isaiah, I checked with her to make sure I was writing challenging sentences, but nothing that was out of his reach.
I piled the balloons on the couch and told Isaiah that he had a balloon activity. He smiled so big when he saw his special activity. It was very exciting for him to have an activity that was just for him.
Clarification: most of the balloons were on the couch, but some of them were hidden elsewhere. The balloons on the couch directed him to the hidden ones.
I stayed next to him and made him stop and read when he tried to guess words instead of sounding them out. I also helped him with a couple words that he had not learned how to read.
At the end of the activity I had him pop all of the balloons, which was a ton of fun for him.
I hope that you can use this activities or it inspires you to come up with other creative ideas. Please share your fun reading ideas in the comments.