Reading activities are essential for the beginning reader.  Fun hands-on activities are best.  They keep the child engaged in the process of teaching him to read and he doesn't even know what is happening.  These can be done anywhere!

Children learn best when they are engaged in doing FUN THINGS. These reading activities try to include at least two of the five learning modalities of hearing, seeing, speaking, feeling and tasting.

If your child has difficulty with any of these games and puzzles, don't fret or get frustrated.  Be patient.  Some children just need a lot of repetition when beginning the reading process.

Your child may have a learning problem which hasn't been diagnosed yet.  If your preschool child was late talking or has acquired new vocabulary slowly, than she may have apraxia and may be at risk for reading difficulties.

Your child may have dyslexia if he mixes up the pronunciation of words, or is impatient when read to.  There is no cure for dyslexia.  However, doing bathtub alphabet activities or car games will help your child get a head start on reading.


If your child is in Kindergarten and still sees letters as things of mystery, than he may have a learning difficulty.  Without testing, no one will be able to tell you what the problem is.

HOWEVER, these games are essential for you to do with your child.  Since he is already in kindergarten and is having trouble with naming letters and saying the sounds, than he is already being "left behind."

So far your son still has confidence in his abilities.  However, as time goes on, his confidence will erode bit by bit.  BUT you can bolster his confidence by doing fun games and activities with him.


By first grade, children should be able to manipulate letters into words and be able to read consonant-vowel-consonant words such as cat, rug, pen, dip, and not.  She should also be able to change the first letter or ending letter and read the new rhyming word.  For instance:  cat to hat OR can to pan.

Continuing to work with your child outside of class using these skill building games and others (see the list below) will help reinforce what she already knows and help strengthen any new concepts she is learning.

Towards the middle of first grade, your child should be able to start reading decodable books.

REMEMBER to keep reading picture books to them at this age.  In fact, reading story books together and eventually chapter books with the family should never stop being part of the bedtime routine!


Games, especially educational games, are a great way to teach different concepts to children,  What do kids say when you ask them  what their favorite subject is?  They say "RECESS"!  That's because kids love to play.

Are you looking for reading games? provides reading games for kids and helpful advice for parents! 

Worksheets are a great tool to help your child practice writing their letters and to learn new words. Print N Practice has 1000's of free printable worksheets, hundreds of coloring pages, printable flash cards, teacher worksheets and home school curriculum!

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