FREE Summer Reading Programs for Kids

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Below is a list of FREE Summer Reading Programs for the kiddos! There are a LOT of great programs that your children can take advantage of to earn FREE books, prizes, and cash!

Big thanks goes out to Saving Dollars and Sense for putting together this list!

You can print out this list of FREE Summer Reading Programs here.

Junie B Jones Reading Club – Sign up and get a FREE starter Kit that includes a copy of Junie B Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, Activity sheets and a membership ID card while supplies last.

Book Adventure – Sylvan offers this FREE reading incentive program. Basically your child reads books and then takes a simple comprehension quiz to make sure they understood what they read. The quiz is usually about 10 questions long. They earn points based on how much they remember from reading the book.

There are hundreds of books to choose from in all reading levels. These are common books that can be found at your local library. Once they have earned enough points they can trade them in for some really neat prizes!

Half Price Books – They are offering kids ages 14 and under a chance to earn a $5 Gift Card for reading just 15 each day throughout the summer!

Showcase Cinemas Bookworm Wednesdays - Your child can earn a FREE movie ticket from National Amusements Theaters when they read a book and complete a book report.

Barnes & Noble Imagination Destination - This summer reading program through Barnes & Noble gives your child the ability to earn a FREE book after reading 8 books and keeping track of them in a reading log.

Local Public Library - Don’t forget to check out your local libraries to find out which programs they’ll be offering this summer. My kids have participated in several Summer reading Programs through the library and it always includes FREE books & prizes.

TD Bank Summer Reading Program – Read and keep track of 10 books this summer and your child will get $10 added to their Young Saver Account FREE!

Chuck E. Cheese - Earn 10 FREE tokens every time your child reads for 2 weeks in a row. Just fill out the form and bring it in to claim your free token.

Scholastic Summer Challenge - Log in your reading minutes to the Scholastic site and your child will be able to participate in a World Record challenge as well as earn digital prizes!

Pottery Barn Summer Reading Challenge – Open only to children under 10 years of age on any day during the promotion period. Must present completed Award-Winning or Early Reader book list to receive a free book at participating Pottery Barn Kids stores.

Programs like these are a great way to encourage our children to continue reading throughout the summer months.

Thanks again, Saving Dollars and Sense!

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Playing Card Flower

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This craft was intended to be a hair clip. But I think it would make a great flower to put on a gift! Or you might just let the kids make a bunch of flowers, add a stem, and make a bouquet! Great way to recycle those decks of cards that have a bent or missing card.  See how to make a playing card flower here.

image: instructables.com

Gift Tags Made From Cereal Boxes

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Here is a fun way to recycle cereal boxes… turn them into gift tags!  This would be a good project to make in advance, so you always have gift tags when you need them. See how to make cereal box gift tags here.

image: offbeatandinspired.com

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Here is a deal on some fantastic raincoats on Amazon!  You get 2 raincoats for only $.38 with FREE shipping.  That’s only $.19 each!

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Pasta Box Puppets

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I just love this idea! Look how cute these puppets are.  They are made from empty pasta boxes. If you are one of my Deals by Darlene followers, I know you have lots of pasta boxes for this craft! I love how the window in the pasta box turns into the puppet’s mouth. Your kids will go wild with this craft. See how to make the pasta box puppets here.

images and source: fiskars.com

No Sew Sock Snake

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All you need to make this sock are a sock and glue and a few other supplies. What a cute snake it makes!  And it’s the perfect way to use up those lonely socks that lost their mate!  See how to make this no sew snake sock here.

 

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Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe

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Here is an easy way to make your very own laundry soap. I have been wanting to try this recipe ever since we started watching the Duggar Family.  In fact, this is the Duggar’s recipe!

All you need are these things to make your detergent:

1  Bar Fels-Naptha Soap
1 Cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
½ Cup Borax
4  Cups hot tap water
5 Gallon Bucket and Lid
1 Clean and Empty Detergent Container

You can get all the items at Walmart including the bucket and lid if you need one.  Both the Borax and the Arm & Hammer Washing Soda are in the laundry detergent aisle.  I have not looked for the soap yet, but my best guess is in with bar soap.

As you can see above, the supplies are very cheap (those are Walmart prices).  I don’t know how much a bucket is. But one batch of this recipe makes 10 gallons of detergent, plus you will still have plenty of left over Borax and Washing Soda to make more batches.  So, you can see it’s very cost efficient. And from what I’ve read by others who have made this soap, it works great and can be used in traditional or HE machines.

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe

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