The following post is from Alison of Alison’s Wonderland Recipes:
The first time I saw a reading kit, it was for a YA fiction book from Epic Reads. Considering my blog is dedicated to making recipes from fiction, the idea of making a whole kit based around a book instantly grabbed my attention. Now, reading kits are one of my favorite gift giving options, especially for kids. They’re a great way to get creative on a budget or encourage a reluctant reader to give books another try.
Making a reading kit is as simple as buying a book you love and pinpointing some key objects in the story. Here are three kits I whipped up from some classic books. These kits are around $35 each, but they’re also pretty big. Each kit includes a copy of the book, three items relevant to the story, and a themed snack. Smaller kits could easily cost less than $20.
Book: Available at various price points at Thrift.com (I got it for $6.98).
Fancy Notebook: This was a notebook I had on hand (originally $12.99 from Barnes & Noble). For those buying new, I’d recommend this equally gorgeous notebook for $7.70 from Amazon.
Fountain Pen: This was an Ebay buy. For something with a comparably vintage look, I recommend this $9 calligraphy pen from Amazon.
Lace Gloves: $7.61 on Amazon. These are nice because they’re small enough for children’s hands, yet easily stretch to fit an adult with petite hands.
Gingerbread: $3.29 from Pepperidge Farm.
Book: Available at various price points at Thrift.com (currently starting at $3.99).
Treasure Island Book Pillow: $17.99 from ThinkGeek.
Spanish Dubloons: These are mint replicas I found on Amazon for $8.29.
Pirate’s Booty White Cheddar Corn Puffs: $2.49 from Jewel-Osco.
Treasure Map Pencil Case: $3.08 from Amazon.
Book: Available at various price points at Thrift.com (currently starting at $4.39).
Pixie Dust: I poured some glitter into 3 vials I got from Michael’s for $3.99.
Pirate Hook: $4.33 from Amazon.
Crocodile Gummy Snack: $5.60 from Amazon.
Pirate Chai: This was part of a tea variety pack I got from ThinkGeek. The whole pack costs $15 and comes with 4 teas, so you wind up with 3 to keep or add to other kits.
These are so fun to make, especially if the book is one you really love. Of course, you can make the kits as large or small as you like. I plan on giving smaller versions of these away as prizes to my CCD class this year.
They’re also a great way to start unit studies or encourage kids to read over the summer. Then again, who says they just have to be for kids? I know I’d LOVE one of these for myself!
What book do YOU think would make a great reading kit?
|Alison Walsh, founder of Alison’s Wonderland Recipes, is waiting for the day when reading Mark Twain and drinking tea is accepted as an Olympic sport. Until then, she nannies, blogs about food, and watches Star Trek with her husband. You can follow Alison on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and Bloglovin’.|