Four Reading Practice Ideas to Do With Your Child

November 22, 2017
  • Enjoy helping your child learn to read with these four simple and super fun DIY reading practice ideas!

     
    Each of the activities can be simplified or made more challenging depending on the needs of your preschooler.
     
    Here is a list of 25 common sight words children will often see in text that you may wish to use:
    I, the, to, a, is, my, go, me, like, on, in, so, we, it, and, up, at, see, he, do, you, an, can, no, am.
     
    If your child is working on learning letters of the alphabet, you can adapt the activities to include only letters instead of words. Or, if your child is already reading, you may choose to incorporate consonant-vowel-consonant words such as bat, fan, glad or color words. We wish you a successful journey on the path to reading with your child!
     

    Idea 1: Reading Rocks!

    1. Collect a handful of rocks.
    2. Optional: Spray paint the rocks a fun color. Or simply leave them as rocks.
    3. Use a permanent marker to write a sight word (or letter of the alphabet) on each rock. 
    4. Hide the rocks for your child to find! Help your child read each word (or letter) on the rocks! Repeat!
     
       
     

    Idea 2: Frozen Word Blocks

    1. Gather a handful of plastic blocks.
    2. Use a permanent marker to write a sight word (or letter) your child is learning to read on each plastic block.
    3. Fill a plastic zip top bag about a quarter full with water. Place one block in the bag. Seal. Repeat with each plastic word block.
    4. Place the zip top bags in the freezer overnight.
    5. When ready to unfreeze the word blocks with your child, take the zip top bags out of the freezer. We recommend doing this step outside! Turn the plastic bags inside out to release the frozen word blocks. Fill a spray bottle with water and let your child spray the frozen blocks until they melt from the ice! Encourage your child to say the word (or letter) on each block as he sprays.
     
       
     

    Idea 3: Word Hammer

    1. Form small cobble stone shaped mounds of play clay.
    2. Use a pencil to carve sight words (or letters) your child is working on into each ball of play clay.
    3. Give your child a toy hammer (alternatively your child can simply use her fist as a hammer) and invite her to pound the word you say.
     
     
     

    Idea 4: Sight Word Swat

    1. Use a dry erase board, chalkboard, or paper to write sight words (or letters) your child is learning. 
    2. Give your child a clean fly swatter and ask her to swat the word you say!
     
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