10 Quick Reading Activities for Children.

Back by popular demand, this time I’ve put together some quick and simple activities to encourage reading and aid spelling. There are so many opportunities throughout the day to help our children to read and so many little ways to make it fun. Whether it’s adapting a familiar game, going on a treasure hunt or baking some edible letters, these activities don’t have to be time consuming and can easily be incorporated into any little person’s life.

1. Eat Your Words

Follow a simple biscuit recipe and use letter cutters to make words. We were making some cheesy biscuits for a party, so instead of making them round as we usually would, we cut out letter shapes so the boys could make words with them once they were baked. They asked how to spell words, they read each others and it became a game of who can come up with the silliest words.

Quick Reading Eat Your Words

2. Secret Messages.

Finding a secret message always brings a smile to my boys faces. It’s a way for me to say I’m thinking of them even when they’re not with me. I don’t do it every day because I tend to leave it for special purposes, like a birthday, a treat or letting them know about a special day out or a fun activity together. I find if it’s something they are going to look forward to doing or having they are more likely to read the note (which is the main purpose of the notes after all). They would be less inclined to read a note telling them to clean their room!

Quick Reading Secret Messages

3. What Am I?

A quick printable activity. The children must read five clue words to come up with the answer to “what am I?”.

Quick Reading What Am I

4. Street Names.

This one is easy to play when you’re out and about walking to the shops or on a long car journey. Get your children used to reading new words and names by spotting the different street names. Who can be the first to spot a lane? What are we walking along? Is it a street or a close?

Quick Reading Street Names

5. Read a Recipe.

Children love to help with stirring and sieving and licking the bowl! Ask them to read out the recipe to you as you follow the steps together.

Quick Reading Recipe

6. Playdoh Printing.

Use plastic cutters to make letter imprints in playdoh. Build letters into words and words into short sentences to aid reading and spelling.

Quick Reading Playdoh Letters

7. Rhyming Dominoes.

Another quick printable for a twist on the traditional dominoes game. Cut out the domino tiles and split between all players. Try and match each word with a rhyming word.

Quick Reading Rhyming Dominoes 1

Quick Reading Rhyming Dominoes 2

8. Lego Letter Race.

Choose a simple word. It’s a race to see who can make the word with Lego the fastest. Each player uses a large flat Lego tile to display their word.

Quick Reading Lego Letters

9. Scrabble Swap.

For this activity we used junior scrabble tiles but if you don’t have any to hand it’s just as easy to type and print out some letters onto card but make sure there are plenty of vowels in the mix.

Quick Reading Scrabble Swap

10. Follow the Clues.

The promise of treasure at the end of the clues is enough to get any reluctant reader to at least try and work them out! Hand them the first clue and make sure the second clue is where the first clue tells them to go and so on until they discover the last clue and need to find the promised treasure. You can copy and print the clues below or use your own to send them on an adventure round the house.

Quick Reading Follow the Clues 1

Quick Reading Follow the Clues 2

Words are everywhere, look around and point them out as children will naturally be curious to read something if it looks interesting to them.

What are your favourite reading activities?

10 Quick Writing Activities for Children

Homework time in our house with two boys is never a breeze but it can be especially tiresome when it requires them to put pen to paper for anything other than a picture! They are both more than capable but neither see the need for it and treat it like it’s the biggest effort in the whole wide world! Hence I’ve had to get a bit creative to try and help my five year old learn to write and have come up with ten quick, easy printable activities or crafts which appeal to a young person’s short attention span and are ideal for a busy parent to organise.

1. Rainbow Words

Using colour always brightens up a task so have different pencils ready to learn the colours of the rainbow and make writing more fun.

Rainbow Writing

2. Rice Writing

For this I used a small tray and placed orange coloured card at the bottom to help the letters stand out. I then covered the tray in rice and let the children write whatever they liked using their fingers.

Quick Rice Writing

3. Rhyming Words

Thinking up new words to rhyme always makes children giggle so an activity combining bright pictures with rhyme can encourage them to write. Don’t worry if they come up with some nonsense rhyming words as this activity is just as much about learning to write letters as it is words.

Quick Rhyming Words 1

Rhyming Words 2

4. Glitter Words

This one is a bit messy but it’s very simple and if you have a selection of glitter colours it can keep the children occupied for sometime.

Quick Glitter Words

5. Numbers in words.

Another simple printable activity this time to help with linking numbers with the written word.

Quick Numbers in Words

6. Word Wall Chart

This takes about 20 minutes to prepare but as there are 90 possible places to write a word it can last for 3 months! The idea is to write one word which describes their day. They can pick any triangle to write on and the words can be how they feel about their day, the name of a place they visited, the name of a person they saw, a sport or an activity for example. Our first words were swimming and computer. This activity encourages smaller writing in order to keep their words within the allotted triangle. To make this I needed five different coloured sheets of card, some string and patience to cut out the thirty squares! A square craft punch would be much quicker!

Quick Word Wall Chart

7. Missing letters.

A simple printable activity sheet for a spare five minutes which helps with the sounds of letters and spelling.

Missing Letters

8. String a Letter

This involves some cutting and sticking to prepare but is a fantastic way for children to practice letter formation.

Quick String a Letter

9. Code Breaking

There’s always something satisfying about breaking a code. Copy and print out the following two sheets, then have fun hunting and writing the corresponding letters.

Quick Code Breaking 1

Quick Code Breaking 2

10. Chalk Labels

For this I needed some craft labels, chalk and chalkboard paint. I painted one side of the craft labels then left to dry. Once dry the children wrote with the chalk to label jars of pens, boxes of toys and drawers of paper. Even some of the soft toys got labelled!

Quick Chalk Labels

What writing activities have you found work best?