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Campfire Reading with Tom Sawyer

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Engage your kids in reading this summer with a fun Tom Sawyer Campfire Reading and grab a free printable to help you get started

You know how summer is such a great time to light a fire in your fire pit or at your campsite and just hang out and tell stories?

Ever considered adding good literature to that mix?  Because you totally should.

Everybody loves to sit and be mesmerized by a merrily burning flame, which makes it a great time to whip out a classic book and let your kids get lost in Story.

No, I’m not making that up.  Seriously.

Engage your kids in reading this summer with a fun Tom Sawyer Campfire Reading and grab a free printable to help you get started

Campfire reading with Tom Sawyer

One of the greatest summery stories every written is The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  I mean, that book is the ultimate childhood adventure.

I think my very favorite part is when Tom, Huck, and Joe run away to the island and camp for a few days.  There are several good life lessons in those chapters along with lots of good childhood adventures.

So reading at a campfire about the boys camping?  I mean, what better way?

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Preparing your campfire reading

It’s a good idea to let your kids know the plan rather than just springing it on them. Let them know you’re going to have a special campfire night with an incredible story and set the stage for fun.

Make sure you have your book and supplies before you even start the fire.  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 or more copies of the book
  • Chairs or other places to sit
  • Blankets (in case someone gets chilly)
  • Snacks and drinks

Add in even more fun

And there’s plenty you can do to make it even more fun.

  • Roast marshmallows and/or make s’mores
  • At the end of each page, pass the book to the person to your right and let them read the next page
  • Get several copies of the book and assign a character or characters to each of your kids and have them read that character’s spoken lines

Grab a free printable

If you love the idea of acting out the book as you read, grab this free printable Character List, assign characters to your kids, and go have fun!

This FREE character list will help you assign roles to your kids so they can read Tom Sawyer like a play

 

 

 

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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2 Comments

  1. This is such a fun idea! The only book (of Mark Twain’s) I love better than Tom Sawyer is Huck Finn.

    Last time we read Huck Finn, aloud, it even mesmerized my 3-year-old! Boy, did Mark Twain have a gift!

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