When a child is motivated, they learn quickly. That is something we all know. Therefore... Why not use games to help them learn to read? In addition, if they enjoy learning to read at the same time, we will be stimulating their interest in reading and books, and we already know the many benefits that stories, poetry and books have for children ...
We offer you a list of 14 games to teach children to read. They are games that encourage children to read, that motivate them to find reading a wonderful activity.
We will all agree that children (also adults) show more interest in recreational activities that you can freely choose than those that are imposed on a mandatory basis. For this reason, it will be much more rewarding for them to learn to read through play and fun, than if reading is imperatively imposed on them. To make this moment a much more attractive encounter between the child and reading, you can use all these games:
1. Words in the soup
You can use that funny letter-shaped pasta every time you prepare soup and play to create words. 'Bear', 'Flower' ... the children will find it fun and they will become familiar with the letters and words almost without realizing it.
2. Cookies with a message
What if you cook some delicious letter-shaped cookies together? There are letter molds with which you can later form fun words.
3. Lettering with your hands
We can play with our hands and with our bodies to form letters. Two or more players can participate. Ask your child to make a letter out of the body. Then it will be your turn. If several children participate, they can play to create words with the body and the hands.
4. The syllable counter
For children to become familiar with the syllables, nothing better than playing the syllable counter. How? With slaps! Break each word down into syllables and slap each syllable. Thus, if you say out loud 'ma-ri-po-sa', you will have to clap four times.
5. The game of 'hangman'
Think of a word. The child will have to guess which word you thought of. To do this, draw a 'hangman' stick and below, a line for each letter of the word. The child must say a letter and if your word has it, put it in the right place. Every time it fails, you draw a part of the 'hanged man'.
6. Books with pictograms
When they are learning to read, pictures or pictograms between various words can give them a clue. Although it is always good that later you show him the word of the drawing.
7. Crossword puzzles and hobbies
Look for crosswords adapted to their age, with attractive pictures to give them a clue. They should fill it in looking for the right letters. A fantastic game that helps them to recognize words and is very beneficial for their verbal agility. There are also hobbies with letters, games to match words with their corresponding drawing or dotted letters that the child will have to review and color.
8. The Letter Hunter
Write several words on a sheet, with bright colors. Next, you name your child 'letter hunter'. You will have to recognize and circle the letter you ask for with a marker. For example, if you ask him to hunt down the letter 'R', he will have to search through all the words you wrote on the sheet and circle only the 'R' he finds. Then it will change color and you will ask it to find another letter. A great home game for children to learn to read.
9. Plasticine letters
Play dough is a great game. In addition to improving the child's fine motor skills and fueling his imagination, it can also be very useful in creating fun letters to create words.
10. The word collector
Several children can participate in this game at the same time. They need a sheet of paper, a pencil, and a stopwatch. You will say a letter. When you say 'time', the stopwatch starts running. Children should write all the words they remember that begin with the letter you said. The boy who wrote the most letters in one minute wins.
11. Written in the sand
Have you ever played at writing words in the sand? It can be in a park, on the beach, in a forest ... Your child only needs a twig or stick. Together, you can write words of different sizes.
There are many songs to learn the letters, both the complete alphabet and the letters. Also songs that he teaches children the days of the week, colors ... Don't stop playing with them so that your child begins to recognize letters and words.
13. Circle or square
To teach your child that some words are written with a lower case and others start with a capital letter, you can use the circle and square game. On a short and simple text, ask him to circle the words that start with lowercase and to enclose those that start with capital letters in a square. You can use different colors for circles and squares.
14. The bingo of words
Write and cut out the letters of the alphabet in a circle or square. Create your own bingo cards by substituting the numbers for letters. The letters you cut out, you keep them in a bag. And let the bingo begin !!! You will draw a letter and the child has to check if he has it on the cardboard. The moment you have all the letters in a line, you should sing 'line'. If you fill in the entire card, you will have to sing 'bingo'. The fun thing in this case is that several children play.
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