Published on Tue, 12/26/2017 by ABC Life Literacy Canada

Get teens excited with these teen-friendly family literacy activities


Teens and tweens may not want to participate in story time, but there are lots of ways to engage them in fun literacy activities. The key is to pick projects or games that work with their interest! Why not try one of these activities on Family Literacy Day with your older child for a fun way to bond and engage in learning together:

1. Slumber Party Book Club: Choose a book to read as a family, and then watch the movie together in your PJs. Talk about what you liked from the book and the movie (and don't forget, lots of popcorn).

2. Pack Your Bags: Have your teen plan a dream family trip. They can plan the whole thing – from hotel, to adventures, to flights. Build research skills while having fun.

3. Favourite Family Food: Write down how to make your favourite family meal. Share the recipe with your friends and family or make a video showing how to make the meal.

4. Text You Later: Encourage older kids to read and write through texting. Send them a link to an article you think they’ll like and ask them what they thought.

5. The Letter Train: Say a word and have your friend say a new word that begins with the last letter of the word you just said (play, yellow, waffles, snow).

Visit for more activity ideas, free downloadable resources and to check for local Family Literacy Day events. Family Literacy Day was created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and is celebrated nationally on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.


Every year on January 27, ABC Life Literacy Canada hosts Family Literacy Day, the largest national family literacy event in Canada. Literacy organizations, schools, libraries and media groups will coordinate numerous literacy-themed events and activities across the country in honour of this special initiative. 

News Media Canada is a proud supporter of Family Literacy Day, distributing public service announcements and editorial resources from ABC Life Literacy Canada to our members. Download print and web ads, PSAs, matte stories such as the one above, and more from and promote Family Literacy Day in your newspaper and website.

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