Five Beginning Reader Games


 
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While textbooks do have their place, I love getting creative with reading and spelling practice. Today I want to share a few of our favorite letter games with you!

5 Simple Reading Games for your Emerging Reader!

Five Fun Beginning-Reader Games for the Energetic Learner:

1) Ball Toss
Supplies needed:
A ball

Beginner Instructions:
Player one says a word (like, “cat”) then tosses or rolls a ball to someone else. The person who catches the ball has to state the first letter (C) in the word.

Advanced Idea:
Your child can practice saying the last letter in each word, then move on to spelling full words.

Tip:
This is a great game to play when your kids have the wiggles! Take a ball outside and let them run across the yard or do 10 jumping jacks each time they answer correctly.

Run

2) Penny Placement
Supplies needed:
26 pennies plus an alphabet puzzle or a set of alphabet flashcards

Beginner Instructions:
Have your child put together an alphabet puzzle or lay a set of flashcards in alphabetical order. He can practice singing the alphabet as he points to the letters. Then you can say a letter name and he can touch the letter. Each time he’s correct, he gets to put a penny on the letter!

Advanced Idea:
Play this game by using letter sounds instead of just letter names. You can also teach blends this way: “Which two letters make the ‘Ch’ sound?” Or you can rearrange some letters to spell simple words for her to sound out such as cat, hop, and fine.

Tip:
You can use food like skittles, raisins, or dry cereal instead of pennies.

Letter Game

3) Picture This
Supplies needed:
Sidewalk chalk or crayons and paper

Beginner Instructions:
Specify your letter of the day then let your child draw pictures of things that start with the letter. For example, if your letter of the day is “B,” your child could draw a boy, a bow, a ball, a bunny, and a banana.

Advanced Idea:
Your older kids can practice writing their spelling words in giant letters on the sidewalk. They can also practice reading any words that you write down for them.

Tip:
You could even let your kids shape letters and pictures out of noodles or yarn and glue it to paper!

S For Sun

4) Letter Hunt
Supplies needed:
None. This game can be played at any location without any additional supplies!

Beginner Instructions:
Have your children find things around you that begin with a specified letter. For example, in an office they can look for words that begin with the letter “S.” Scissors, a stapler, stairs, and stickers are just some of the things items can hunt for! Outside, they could find sticks, squirrels, swings, and slides.

Advanced Idea:
Have your children practice spelling the words for each object they find.

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5) Bake It
Supplies needed:
Cookie dough (homemade or refrigerated), cookie sheet, and oven. Optional: rolling pin and cookie cutters.

Beginner Instructions:
Roll out cookie dough together and cut out shapes with alphabet letters. Or, skip the rolling and cutting as you simply allow your child to form the letters with her hands.

Advanced Idea:
Spell words together as you form letters and put them on the cookie sheet. Older kids can also practice reading the recipe.

Tip:
If you’re short on time or energy (or just want to simplify), use play-doh instead of cookie dough and skip the actual baking part!

Recipe

Bonus Tips:

If you’re having a busy day, consider letting your child practice new reading skills on a free website like Starfall or ABCya.

Even if your child isn’t picking up concepts as quickly as you’d like, stay patient and be consistent, but don’t push too hard. Always strive to make reading stress-free and fun! You can snuggle up with a great book together on your couch, visit your library, scatter interesting books around the house, and let him or her listen to audio books at bedtime or in the car. Before you know it, your child will be reading to you!

What reading methods have worked for your little ones?


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