Book Bingo

Lizzie has a tendency to not want to try new things, whether it be food, clothes or books.She’ll latch on to a specific book and want to hear it over and over. Or, she’ll want to wear the same outfit day in and day out, all the while refusing to wear a new shirt we just bought.

Now, I know this is very normal for a 4-year-old, but I’d still like her to branch out a little and be more willing to try new things. That’s where Book Bingo is (hopefully) going to help.

I made up a grid with a selection of different book topics. I made some very broad and others quite specific.I put some selections on there that I know are favorites, such as an Amelia Bedelia book and a fairy tale book.

I then added all sorts of different subjects, such as books about dogs, horses, shapes, bugs, etc.

Her goal is to have us read one book of each subject. She’ll get to put a sticker in the square once she’s read the book.

There’s one catch. It must be a book we’ve never read before! Once she’s filled in the entire board, we’ll go shopping and let her pick out a new book.  I’m hoping this motivates her to try something new.

I do have one more goal in mind with this game.I’d like her to start helping me pick out books at the library. Usually, when we go, the girls will go off and play with all the different toys (or in Lizzie’s case, computers) while I pick out books.

She’ll then grab a Dora book on the way out the door. I really want her to discover the thrill of searching through the shelves for just the right book. I’m hoping that a whole new world will open up to her while she’s looking for a book about space!

Do you have a hard time getting your kids to try new things? If so, do you have any tips you could share?
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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her at Better Than Homework where she shares fun learning activities or Creative Family Fun where she shares art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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