Reading Activities for Kids
Participating in a fun and entertaining literacy activities with your child allows you to improve both their writing and reading skills while also having fun at the very same time. The activities found in this article are suitable for pre-readers, beginners, and more confident readers.
Singing, talking, word games, sound games, reading, drawing, and writing are all great ways that you can help improve your child’s literacy foundation. Everyday activities, such as going to the local shop or even fun days such as trips to the zoo or park all provide you and your child with plenty of opportunities for literacy development. Many parents may feel that they simply just do not have the time for literacy activities and games. But the truth is, you really don’t need a lot of time, just five or ten minutes each day will often be enough. The key to improving your child’s literacy through activities is to use different opportunities in order for your child to learn. These can range from a walk to the park, a night-time story or even taking part in activities online.
Singing and talking literacy activities.
Talking and singing with your child can help them learn about sounds and how they are formed in our language. By teaching your child language activities such as songs and games, you will be helping them to develop both their listening and speaking skills.
Activities for preschoolers.
- Use rhyming words. Use rhyming phrases such as ‘snug as a bug in a rug’ or make up random rhymes about the things you are doing. Rhymes can help them to understand the meaning of words and sounds.
- Repeat sounds that your child makes, or make up your own sounds to see if your child is able to copy them.
- Play ‘I Spy’ with your child by using colours. Such as, ‘I spy with my little eye, something that is blue. What is something blue that I might be looking at?’
- Ask your child about the sounds certain animals make, such as, “What noise do cows make? Can you say moo?”.
- At dinner time, why not talk about the food you are making, what does it look like, what does it taste like?
Activities for older children (at school)
- Play word games that will encourage your child to learn sounds, such as “I spy, something beginning with S. What could start with the letter S?”
- Quiz your child about words that can rhyme. Such as, “Can you think of a word that rhymes with cat?”
- Ask your child about TV shows that they are watching. Ask them to explain what happened, or what they enjoy about it.
If you are still stuck for activity ideas, why not head online for more resource material to help your child learn through the use of electronic games?
With so many fantastic and easy to do activities for you and your child to enjoy, both online or in the comfort of your own home, why not give some a go? There’s no better time to start than the present!
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