My youngest boy has had a lifelong love affair with Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. Jess is his very favorite children’s book character, and I think he would go live in Terabithia if he could.
Bridge to Terabithia provides an opportunity for you to get your kids outside while still enjoying good literature.
Because summer. And books.
Play-Acting with Bridge to Terabithia
Bridge to Terabithia is another of those consummate childhood summer books. It practically begs kids to get outside. And even though it ends up being sad, it’s full of imagination. Plus, it offers a lovely lesson about being true to yourself.
There are two ways you can get your kids excited about this book with a little play-acting.
The first is similar to a suggestion in Campfire Reading with Tom Sawyer, and the second is unique to Terabithia.
Read it like a play
You’ll need multiple copies of the book for this so your kids don’t miss their cues. So you might want to visit your local library.Have fun outdoors with Bridge to Terabithia and get your kids engaged in reading.Click To Tweet
This is a little more active than the Tom Sawyer idea, which makes it even more fun.
- Print out this free Character List.
- Assign a character or characters to your kids. (And if you’re like me, you’ll pick a character for yourself.)
- Have your kids dress up like their character.
- Head outside.
- Read the book together as your kids act out their parts
- Have your kids read their character’s spoken lines as they act out their parts
I swear, we’ve done this with several books, and it’s not as hard as it sounds. The great thing about it is that it truly engages kids in the story.
Create your own Terabithia
The real star of this story is the make-believe world Jess and Leslie create. I’ve never met a kid who didn’t like to make up his own world, so this is a golden activity that will really get your kids thinking about the story.
- Take the book outside and read about Terabithia
- Collect some supplies to make your castle stronghold
- Cardboard boxes
- Sheets or blankets
- Scrap wood
- Pillows for sitting on
- Anything else that strikes your kids’ fancies
- Take a notebook to write down your kids’ ideas for their make-believe world
- What does it look like?
- Who rules there?
- What kinds of food do they eat?
- What is daily life like?
- Who are their kingdom’s enemies?
- Let your kids play in their own private Terabithia for as long as they want
I’m telling you, that kingdom could last them all summer. And the story? Well, that will last them their entire lives.
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