DIY Duct Tape Reading Light - A dollar store craft, inspired by Captain Underpants

As the mother of four boys, I am always on the lookout for ways to encourage them to read. Adding a few extra minutes of reading time at bedtime is a great way to encourage budding readers! One way to make reading time even more fun is to give kids a reading light they can use in their dark bedrooms. Here’s a quick and easy DIY duct tape reading light tutorial to “power” your imagination, inspired by Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot, sponsored by Scholastic.

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DIY duct tape reading light project - encourage kids to read!

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Supplies Needed:

  • A clip on book light, $1
  • Coordinating duct tape, $1

Total: $2

I got both the book light and the duct tape at my local dollar store!

DIY duct tape reading light project - encourage kids to read!

Step 1: Cut a piece of duct tape the length of the book light’s neck. Cut or tear the tape in half lengthwise.

DIY duct tape reading light project - encourage kids to read!

Step 2: Wrap duct tape around the book light’s neck.

DIY duct tape reading light project - encourage kids to read!

Step 3: Use the remaining half of the duct tape strip to wrap around the bulb of the book light. Trim tape to fit.

DIY duct tape reading light project - encourage kids to read!

Step 4: Wrap remaining duct tape to fit to bulb.

DIY duct tape reading light project - encourage kids to read!

Quick and easy! A custom book light for your little reader!

My kids are so excited for the newest installment of the Captain Underpants book by Dav Pilkey! Thanks to Scholastic for sponsoring this tutorial.

About Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot

 

Captain Underpants

About the Book:

There’s something rotten in the state of Ohio, and it’s smellier than a pile of putrid gym socks! Steer clear–it’s Sir Stinks-A-Lot!

George, Harold, and their doubles, Yesterday George and Yesterday Harold, have a good thing going. Two of them go to school, while the other two hide in the tree house and play video games all day–then they switch! But when their malicious gym teacher, Mr. Meaner, creates a method of mind control that turns their fellow students into attentive, obedient, perfect children, the future of all humanity will be in their hands!

About the Captain Underpants series

Best friends George Beard and Harold Hutchins are the unofficial class clowns of fourth grade. There’s nothing they love more than making comic books about a silly superhero named Captain Underpants. But now they’ve accidentally transformed their mean school principal, Mr. Krupp, into Captain Underpants himself! Join George, Harold, and the Waistband Warrior as they fight for Truth, Justice, and all that is Pre-Shrunk and Cottony – and save the world, too!

Dave Pilkey, Author of Captain Underpants, Credit: Kai Suzuki

Author Dav Pilkey. *Credit: Kai Suzuki 2013*

About the Author

When Dav Pilkey was a kid, he suffered from ADHD, dyslexia, and behavioral problems. Dav was so disruptive in class that his teachers made him sit out in the hall every day. Luckily, Dav loved to draw and make up stories, so he spent his time in the hallway creating his own original comic books.

In the second grade, Dav Pilkey created a comic book about a superhero named Captain Underpants. His teacher ripped it up and told him he couldn’t spend the rest of his life making silly books.

Fortunately, Dav was not a very good listener.

Dav continues to create books in the Pacific Northwest where he lives with his wife. Visit him online at www.pilkey.com.

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This post was sponsored by Scholastic, and I was compensated and provided a copy of the book. All opinions are mine.