My favorite summer time fun activity for students is to tie in reading with art and science. Two subjects that almost always seem to pull in my reluctant readers are science and art. With my students we have researched and read about solar energy and then used the information to create a small solar powered car from a kit. With my more artistic students we have explored different types of painting methods from books. Then using the information the gained from these books, they have created their own masterpieces. All the activities then included writing. These are the same kind of activities parents can also do with their children to encourage them to read.