Fifteen Minute Reading Activities

Fifteen-Minute Reading Activities

by the National PTA


Make 15 minutes go a long way. Try these quick reading activites with our younger kids.



1. License to read: On car trips, make it a game to point out and read license plates, billboards and interesting road signs.


2. Better than TV: Swap evening TV for a good action story or tale of adventure.


3. Look and listen: Too tired to read aloud? Listen to a book on tape and turn the book's pages with your children. You'll still be reading with them!


4. Labels, labels, labels: Label things in your children's room as they learn to name them. Have fun while they learn that written words are connected to everyday things.


5. Pack a snack, pack a book: Going someplace where there might be a long wait? Bring along a snack and a bag of favorite books.


6. Recipe for reading: The next time you cook with your children, read the recipe with them. Step-by-step instructions, ingredients and measurements are all part of words in print!


7. Shop and read: Notice and read signs and labels in the supermarket. Back home, putting away groceries is another great time for reading labels.


8. Your long-distance lap: Away on a business trip? Take a few books with you, call home, and have your child curl up by the phone for a good night story.


9. A reading pocket: Slip fun things to read into your pocket to bring home: a comic strip from the paper, a greeting card, or even a fortune cookie from lunch. Create a special, shared moment your child can look forward to every day.


10. A little longer?: When your child asks to stay up a little longer, say yes and make it a 15-minute family reading opportunity.