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.
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!
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?”.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?