In literacy, that theory applies to instruction-type manuals, like recipes. As a child reads, he’s working toward a goal–the meal he’s creating.
Books with simple, fun instructions get kids reading because each step is a kind of reward.
Boredom Busters, by Caroline Fernandez, is a great example of that literacy theory in play. And trust me, it works–it gets kids reading. The book offers a wide range of activities that kids themselves can choose, which is another literacy theory: let them choose what they want, and they’ll be more likely to read.
Boredom Busters has crafts (papier mache), simple science projects (magic milk! green goo!), food (ice cream cone cupcakes) and travel activities (cryptograms) using stuff you probably already have around the house.
Disclosure: Caroline was on a writing panel with me but, as you know, I only feature books and products I like so her friendship means nothing! Nothing, I tell you! But I digress. Oh, and there’s More Boredom Busters as well, in case your kid runs through all 50 activities in the first book and is still bored. Caroline also has a terrific website, Parent Club, which features tons of great information for… well, parents.