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6 Fun Preschool Reading Games

Give them a passion for reading by playing simple games to inspire a delight and love of words.

Learning to read can begin long before your child starts—and if you introduce her to some of these fun reading games, she’ll be inspired enough to love letters all on her own.


Breakfast bonding

Take every opportunity to teach your child to read. Point out letters on the box of cereal at the breakfast table or ask her to  identify letters from her own name on the jar of peanut butter.  You can also do this with junk mail leaflets from the letter box, or reading material like magazines that you may have in the house.

Planning for the holidays

Children love getting involved in family activities. So next time you’re headed off on holiday, get your children involved with the planning. Spend some time with them researching on the internet—see if they can spot your holiday location on Google maps. It will be fun to tell Grandma about finding her house on the internet.

Make a meal of it

Involve your child in weekly meal planning by asking her to find a recipe and help with the shopping list. He can also help you in the supermarket by reading items off the list and finding them on the shelves. Or try reading a recipe together as you prepare the meal. Little hands can be great kitchen helpers.

Reading rewards

Set a goal of how many pages, chapters or books your child and you can read together per week. Make up a reward chart and place a series of stickers for each goal reached. Challenge your child to read—or simply look at the pictures —a certain number of books in a month. Then ask her to tell you about what she enjoyed about reading the book.

Filmic friends

Finding books that match movie or television characters is one of the easiest ways to instill a love of reading in your child. Whether your son loves Toy Story, or your daughter’s a fan of Dora the Explorer,  you’ll find books suitable for many ages and stages featuring favorite characters. Before you turn the page ask, “What will Buzz do next?”

Library love

Your local library is the source of seemingly unlimited reading matter—and it’s free. Take your child along for story time, or simply settle down in a quiet, comfy corner and create your own, if there’s no formal story time on offer.

 Source:  www.ParentingKidspot.comReprinted by K-State Research and Extension—Atchison County 10/29/2013