Beat the heat AND boredom with our free printable summer reading log and activities for kids! These crafts and enrichment activities are based on one of our favorite book series: Percy Jackson & the Olympians. Sponsored by Disney Book Group.
Summer Reading with Percy Jackson & the Olympians
Summer in Texas is HOT.
I love to take the girls outside to play, but when it’s 100°F or hotter, we usually stay indoors until evening when it cools off a bit.
As you can imagine, the kids start to get pretty stir-crazy being stuck inside during the day. However, this year I’m prepared with boredom busters that are both fun AND will keep their brains busy!
My oldest daughter especially loves to read, so I created a summer reading log with her in mind. I’ve uploaded a printable copy so you can enjoy it with your family too.
First up on our summer reading list: the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. Disney Books sent us the entire 5-book box set — my daughter had previously read some of the books, so she was thrilled to have the whole series to add to her collection!
As you can tell, they’ve been well-loved already!
I know a lot of book reviews will show the featured books photographed in pristine condition. However, it’s pretty much impossible to keep my daughter away from books that she loves – and that’s the whole point of a book anyway, right?
You’re supposed to love on a good book! So hopefully you can tell by the creases in my daughter’s books that these are some of her favorites. She’s read them over and over!
In case you’re not familiar with the series, I asked my daughter to give us parents the scoop:
She explains, “Percy Jackson is a ‘half-blood,’ or demigod – which means one of his parents is a god and the other is human. He goes to a camp for half-bloods where he meets others like himself and they go on lots of weird and crazy adventures.”
The Percy Jackson series is an exquisite blend of fantasy, Greek mythology, and adventure from bestselling author Rick Riordan — it’s no wonder that it’s one of the most popular among tweens and teens.
Giveaway Alert: We’re teaming up with Disney Books to give one lucky fan this Percy Jackson & the Olympians series box set too! Keep reading for details on how to enter!
Free Printable Summer Reading Log
Click on the image or the link below to download/print your own copy of our summer reading log. That way your young reader can keep track of all the books they check out over the next couple months.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians Crafts and Activities
If your tween or tween reader loves the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series as much as we do, then be sure to check out some of these awesome crafts and enrichment activities that compliment the books!
- Blue Lemonade Recipe (aka “Percy Jackson Punch”) — Kids will love this delicious drink made with real fruit, inspired by the blue foods Percy’s mom makes
- Percy Jackson Word Search — A nod to Percy’s struggle to overcome dyslexia, our free printable word search is packed with hidden words that only Percy Jackson fans will be able to spot!
- DIY Wooden Trident Craft for Kids (click for full tutorial on Sugar Spice & Glitter) — Poseidon is the Greek god of the sea and the trident is both his weapon and Symbol of Power. Poseidon has trident in hand the first time he meets Percy in The Lightning Thief.
- Printable Percy Jackson Bookmarks (compliments of Artsy Fartsy Mama) — What better way to keep your place as you read the series then with Percy Jackson themed bookmarks! As you read each chapter of each book, you color in the corresponding space on the bookmarks.
- 10 Unique Ways to Read the Percy Jackson Series (see the list on Teach Mama) — Your tween or teen will love this clever list of new ways to experience the books!
- Duct Tape Swords (get the tutorial on Pragmatic Mom) — Inspired by The Lightning Thief, these customizable play swords are a guaranteed hit with younger readers! There’s also a fun Percy Jackson trivia game here!
- Pizza Pan Shields (grab the directions on EDventures with Kids) — Kids will love decorating their own shields to go with the tridents and duct tape swords that they’ll be making too!
Enter to Win the Percy Jackson & the Olympians Series Box Set
Complete the easy entry giveaway form below to enter to win a Percy Jackson & the Olympians series box set so you can join us in our quest to finish the series before summer’s end:
Open to U.S. addresses only. Must be 18+ to enter. Prize provided by Disney Book Group.