If you have a young child who is not yet reading, but you want to get them ready to read, there are a number of activities and games you can play with them to set the stage for a lifelong love of reading. These games are simple!
7 best games to get young kids interested in reading
- Sing nursery rhymes!
Young children love the flow of language and it helps develop rhyming skills, which are important in reading.
- Sit with child and turn the pages of simple, well-illustrated books
Don’t ask your child questions. Questions make interaction a test instead of fun. Just relax. Your actions will communicate the fun and appeal of books. Introduce your child to a range of books including pictionaries, wordless books, and simple stories. Keep the time periods that you and your child sit with a book brief (under 20 minutes).
With your child watching, make simple drawings of ideas in the book you just read them . For example, if the book talks about a dog wanting to splash through a puddle, you can try a drawing of that. If your child wants to contribute to the drawing, encourage him or her to contribute, but don’t demand it.
- Roll out play dough and make simple shapes, putting small pegs in cups based on size or color
This simple game develops motor skills, which is a requirement for reading.
- Find “hidden” items in pictures (like Where’s Waldo)
This simple game develops visual skills, which is a requirement for reading.
- Spend a relaxed period every day of about a half hour just sitting, playing or talking
Do this with no interruptions, no texting, no phone, and no TV.
- Limit television access to no more than 30 minutes a day (no access is better)
Excessive amounts of TV work against all the skills that young children need for the active processing in reading and writing.
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