I thought I would try a different approach.
I had every book club member buy this package of Calendar Club Mysteries. (A set of 8 Books)
Each book is set in a different month, and as far as I can tell-- it doesn't matter which month you start with!
We started with the Back to School Burglar.
Set amid a school carnival- as a book club, we planned a mini carnival for my 5 year old's "story time" group.
booths for the Carnival.
They also created some cute flyer's to deliver to the little kids in our complex.
The following day- we held our "Carnival". (It was a Story time for my 5 year old and his little buddies.)
So over-all, a brilliant success!
The older boys enjoyed entertaining the little ones, and our story time group loved playing the games the older boys had prepared!
I went to the dollar store and pick up prizes and then had an assortment of candy at each "booth".
We had three centers/ booths: knock cans down (throwing rolled up socks), bean bag toss, and a hockey puck shoot. (It was a mini carnival).
But other booth ideas:
bowling, knocking down pins
basket ball mini hoop- try to make so many baskets in a minute
ring toss (toss rings over 2 liter bottles) and win a mini cup of soda
"fishing" game where you toss a line over a sheet (really a clothes pin for the "hook" ) and have a prize clipped on.
Lollipop Tree was an idea from the book.
It is a cute series and definantly good for struggling readers. (2.3 reading level)
A fun addition to the book are the mazes and word searches at the back of each book.