Coming up with fun reading games kids will love is easier than you’d think.
When it comes to learning how to read, there are many ways you can help your kid! We all retain information better when we learn it in fun ways, right? Check out our post How to Encourage Children to Read – Proven Advice!
Activities and games to teach reading are a great way encourage your child!
Learning how to read can be a scary new challenge for kids. If we make this a fun process, they are more likely to remember what they learned. They won’t even feel like they are working on reading skills. It’s like slipping vegetables into pizza! I love being sneaky….. most parents do!
Some of my absolute favorite activities and games for reading are so simple and totally FREE!!
Who doesn’t love that? My kids and I are sure yours too love a good old scavenger hunt! It costs nothing, is super creative, is around your home, and gets kids moving!! It’s a great way to get them to read some new sight words because they are motivated by the exciting hunt.
A scavenger hunt can be as simple as a list of sight words to find.
Such as “broom” or “dresser” or “apples”, they can show you when they find it! This is quick, easy and effective. You can also make it a bit more involved. Have the first clue be a sentence, such as “go find the bath towel”. Leave another sentence clue at the bath towel for something else to find. You can make the sentences as hard and silly as you want to!
We almost always have a scavenger hunt at my daughters birthday parties. The kids love it and I hear them say they look forward to her parties because of it! How funny, this is the one party activity that costs nothing and is the biggest hit! If the items on the hunt are small, they can collect them in a bag.
Turn the game around and have THEM be the one that writes down the items for you to hunt. Kids love it when they get to be the one in charge of a game. This will have them practicing reading and writing without even realizing it!
Play a game of “I Spy”, but have them read the word themselves.
So, if they are to be finding the couch, either write it down, so they have to read it or spell it out. Then they can write it down and read it themselves! This is super easy and can be done while cooking dinner or whatever you are juggling. Here are some great ideas for reading games from PBS KIDS.
Have them help with cooking, talk about what you are doing.
Get them spelling words like pots, simmer, spatula, oven, etc. Ask them to find the S-A-L-T. Hopefully, they don’t bring you chili pepper. Make it extra fun for them by letting them ask YOU how to spell things in the kitchen. Spell a simple word wrong and see if they catch you, that’s super fun for them!
Have your child help you write and read the grocery list.
The grocery store is a wonderful place to work on reading skills. It is great life skills too, dinner doesn’t just magically appear like they think. Try to keep the list simple enough for them (maybe have a back-up in your purse). They will love writing it and can be reading it at the store. It’s really like another scavenger hunt once you are at the grocery store. And maybe they get a little treat at the end!
Leave notes for your child, and have them do the same!
I used to love it when my parents would leave me little encouraging notes. It’s a great way to communicate and practice reading skills. Kids love getting a little note in their school lunch bag! It’s practical, helpful and again, gets them reading! Keep it simple so they don’t get frustrated. Something like, “have fun today” or “I love you, see you after school”.
It goes both ways too, my daughter leaves me sweet notes in my work bag. I find them later and it is such a special surprise! It is also very helpful to leave them notes around the house. Not only is it working on reading skills but they are great reminders. A note on the bathroom mirror that says “brush your teeth”. An “I love you” note by their light switch.
Send letters to friends and family!
I’m old school. I love to send cards to people, for all sorts of reasons. How happy does that make you, when you get an unexpected card in the snail mail, from someone just thinking of you! Encourage your kiddo to send cards and letters to family and friends. Take them to a copy store and let them pick out some fun themed letter paper!
Or let them pick out a card from the cheapo section at the grocery store. Letting them pick out the paper or card just makes it that much more fun! Of course, you will have to put stickers all over it too! Hopefully, they get mail sent to them in reply! More to read and more to write. Practicing those skills without even knowing it!
Sneaky mommy again….
Have your kids start their own book club with friends!
Make sure all the parents are onboard, and that the books are appropriate. They can have a certain time they want to read the book, then when done, have a little party! Keep it simple and not stressful of course. They can chat about the book, make a related craft, some snacks, play a related game. They could also have a movie night if the book was turned into a movie!
Book themed parties!!
Now we’re talking!! This is right up my alley! Book themed parties are super fun! You can tie it into a holiday, birthday, end of school party, whatever! My niece and nephew had a huge Hunger Games party at the end of the school year. They said it was a huge hit!
We had a Harry Potter birthday party for my daughter a few years ago. It was so fun, she still talks about it! We kept all the props and such and hopefully will have a Halloween party with some Harry Potter stuff this year. For little ones, Dr.Seuss parties are really cute and so silly! The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a fun party theme too, the party food is easy and creative. Whatever books they are into, you can have a party with that theme in mind.
Learning opportunities are all around, just be creative!
Make it fun by letting them be the “teacher”, put them in charge of the game. Kids love it when they get to feel like they are making the rules. It’s a positive, motivating experience for them, and will be a great learning atmosphere. We all learn better when it’s more fun than forced.
I hope this gave you some fun ideas that you can put to use! Mix it up, find your own version that is perfect for your kiddo. Just keep it light and you both will enjoy it!
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Read on my friends, Kris 🙂