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Reading Games For Kids

The following reading games for kids are great tools to help develop your child's reading skills.

  1. Cut out some cards and write words on them. Get them to assemble the words into meaningful sentences. It helps if you are able to illustrate a story with pictures as the child can then write the story using the word cards themselves.
  2. Create cards that have pictures and corresponding cards that have words. The child has to match the word cards with the picture cards. Extending this game, you can get the child to match labels to household objects. You could get everyday objects from the kitchen (safe ones!) like the vinegar pot and salt shaker, a spoon, a cup etc, and get ask the child to stick the correct label on each.
  3. As a variation of the above game, get the child to match opposites. For example, underneath a picture of fire, the child would place the word "cold".
  4. Write out a sentence but leave a blank for a missing word. The child has to write the missing word in the blank. This game is interesting as there are often several alternatives for the missing word. This is a good game for giving clues.
  5. This game involves your creativity! Write out a simple short story of maybe 10 lines - very basic. Each line is written on a separate piece of paper and can be followed in a logical sequence. Ask the child to arrange the lines in the best order for the story.
  6. Write out another simple story that involves household objects. The reader's task is to read the text and when they encounter an object that is in the house, they must go away, find it and bring it back. The goal is to collect all the objects mentioned in your story. You can include objects that aren't in the house too, to get them thinking!
  7. Parent participation helps build interest, and your kids should find this game fun. On each piece of paper write the name of something that makes a noise. For example, you could write "CAT" on one card, "Racing Car" on another, and so on. Make them simple objects, because you're going to make the corresponding noises! When you say "prrrrr prrrrr meeeow", the child should pick out the paper that says "CAT". This is as much a test of your drama skills as it is of their reading!
  8. Give your child a simple short story to read and then ask them to write down what they read. This is a great exercise for developing their reading comprehension. You'll have to judge how long the story should be; the longer it is, the more likely it is to lose their attention, or become confusing when the time comes for them to repeat the story in their own words.
  9. Encourage your child to read the word that appear on everyday items, such as the list of ingredients on the side of a food item, tonight's TV viewing schedule. This will get them familiar with - and interested in - the tasks they will need to tackle as they grow up.
  10. Write out 3 statements, but make one of them false. Your child's mission is to find the one that is a blatant falsehood. For example, you might write out the following:
    • My sister is called Emma
    • I am six years old
    • My mom has three legs