It’s no secret that incorporating reading games into your child’s learning curriculum is most certainly a fun and creative way to setting your child on the right path when it comes to reading success. Each and every child just loves to have fun, however, reading can often be something children will avoid, simply because they don’t find it entertaining enough. The key to fun reading is to use exciting activities that make the process of learning to read both engaging and exciting.
The majority of brain development typically occurs in children just before the age of 5, which means starting early with the reading process can help to instill a form of desire (no matter how little) in your child to learn and read more. One way of achieving this is by integrating reading games for your child into their learning.
Most children will enjoy playing video games on the home computer or console, which makes online reading games one of the perfect learning tools available in order to motivate your child. There are numerous reading games readily available for your child to play, especially on fantastic websites such as:
Reading games are not just available online, they can also be played at home with a parent. If you are looking to create some reading games for your child, we have a selection of some of our favorites, which can be easily adjusted in order to suit different reading levels for your child. With any reading game, it’s recommended to start with specific words or phrases you know that your child can handle, once they seem to get the hang of things, gradually make things a little more difficult in order to keep the games challenging and engaging. Here are some great reading games that you can play with your child at home:
What you will need: Pieces of paper. Play money or form of pretend currency is optional.
How to Play: Explain to your child that you are the boss (king or queen could also be great variations) and they will need to do each thing that you say. Every time they successfully complete an order, they receive payment (in the form of play money). However, it’s not that simple. You will need to pretend that you mouth is sealed shut, which means you can’t simply tell them what to do. Instead, you have to write down your orders for them. Write sentences that are simple and at your child’s reading level. For example: Jump five times. Give me a hug. Find a shoe. Run around. The ideas are endless! Once your child has completed the order, it’s important to make a big deal about handing over the payment, and with being unable to talk, it’s time to win that Oscar with those facial expressions, in order to really bring this game to life!
What you will need: Paper, pens/pencils, a list of words your child is learning, (bingo chips are optional).
How to Play: Create a noughts and crosses style board (tic-tac-toe) on a piece of paper. Provide your child with a list of a minimum of 10 to 20 words that they are currently learning. Ask your child to write a different word in each of the boxes on the board. They are not allowed to use the same word twice. When complete, you are the bingo caller and you will steadily begin to call out a words (some of which may not feature on their board). If your child has a specific word their board, they can cross it out using a pen or pencil. Once they successfully cross out three words in a row, they should yell out ‘Bingo!’ and they successfully win the round.
What you will need: Paper, pens/pencil, a small prize.
How to Play: Write up to 5 or 6 simple notes that feature instructions that will help to lead your child to a prize (treasure). For example, you may write a note to look under their bed. Upon looking under their bed, they will discover the next note that will lead them to the next note on the hunt. They should continue following the instructions on the notes until they discover the treasure!
One of the greatest aspects about using reading games to teach your child to read is that they’re simply just so much fun, which means your child will come back to play more and they won’t even realize that they’re learning to improve their reading skills in the process!
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