Our preschool camping theme is always a huge hit with the kiddos. One of the favorite activities was such a simple one – flashlight reading. I love it when the children get excited about little things like that. Inspired by the kids’ enthusiasm, I’m sharing some of the best books to read with kids by flashlight.
best books to read with a flashlight
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These are a pretty special set of books! They’re called Shine-A-Light books, and they’re meant to be read with flashlights (although other light sources work too). As you’re reading the book, let the kids shine a flashlight behind each colored page. They will be so excited to see additional illustrations peeking through thanks to the light!
On the Space Station – Kids can take a tour of a space station and check out what happens there. They’ll get to see how astronauts eat and sleep in space, among other fun findings.
Secrets of the Seashore – This book is great for an ocean theme, or just for kids enamored with the beach. They can visit with an octopus, a sea otter, and other various creatures hiding along the seashore.
On the Construction Site – Little engineers and builders will have a blast with this book. They can delve into blueprints, construction equipment, and other fun facts about construction sites.
Secrets of the Apple Tree – A great look into the different animals that call an apple tree their habitat. This book would be good to read along with an apple theme, or when exploring plants and animals in the fall.
On the Plane – Future aviators will get a kick out of this shine-a-light book! It takes kids from the airport check-in counter through how an airplane flies.
Secrets of the Rain Forest – Children get to travel to the rain forest! They’ll learn about kapok trees and the animals that roam the area.
On the Train – This book is just right for young train enthusiasts or to prepare for a trip by train! The kids can see what’s going on inside and outside the train cars as they’re preparing for a trip.
Secrets of Winter – Even during the winter, the natural world is bustling. Kids can use a flashlight to discover the secrets hidden in the snowy evening.
The Human Body – Kids are incredibly fascinated by the human body, and this book is a great learning tool for them. They can use a flashlight to check out the skeleton and other systems within the body.
Secrets of Animal Camouflage – Kids can use their flashlights to help discover so many animals camouflaged throughout this amazing book.
Secrets of the Vegetable Garden – Kids explore a thriving garden and learn about how plants grow. While they’re doing so, they can spot a few secrets hiding throughout the garden.
These are definitely the best books to read by flashlight! The illustrations are beautiful, and kids get a kick out of shining a light behind each page to discover hidden gems in the books.
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