ActivityThe best way to fine tune your child’s reading skills is to find time to practice every day. And most kids learn better when they’re doing something they want to do, not because they have to. These kid-approved activities and games are fun and help build reading skills. They’re simple enough to make part of your routine: during playtime, at meals and snacks, or when you’re out and about.

These kid-approved activities and games are fun and help build reading skills. They’re simple enough to make part of your routine: during playtime, at meals and snacks, or when you’re out and about.

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Songs On the Move

Prep: 15 Minutes / Activity Time: 15 Minutes

Here’s a fun way to turn an everyday routine like riding in the car, into a powerful oral language experience!

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One, Two, Three . . . Rhyme With Me!

Prep: None / Activity Time: 15 Minutes

Your toddler will love completing the verses as you read familiar rhymes from a favorite storybook! This activity encourages both phonological awareness and vocabulary growth.

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Ball Begins With B!

Prep: None / Activity Time: 10 Minutes

You can spark your toddler’s interest in the alphabet simply by talking and pointing to letters while you share a cozy reading session!

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Ooey, Gooey Painting

Prep: 5 Minutes / Activity Time: 5-10 Minutes

Pre-writing skills are learned through play, and this sensory experience will help your child develop her hand muscles, work on fine motor skills and express herself creatively.

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Farmer Jack’s Animal Snacks

Prep: 3 Minutes / Activity Time: 10 Minutes

The simple conversations you have with your toddler during everyday activities can strengthen the foundation for his oral language development.

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Stomp and Say

Prep: None / Activity Time: 1-2 Minutes

In this game, you can use names of favorite people, pets or things to introduce the idea that the words we say are made up of different parts.

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Cup-O-Letters

Prep: 1 Minute / Activity Time: 2 Minutes

Creating games for two-year-olds is a great way to get them interested in letters. With this simple hide-and-seek game, use their natural curiosity and desire to play to introduce letter names.

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Color Squeeze

Prep: 3 Minutes / Activity Time: 2-3 Minutes

Does your child love to experiment and create new things? This activity has the right combination of science, art and math.

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Food Hunt

Prep: 3 Minutes / Activity Time: 3-5 Minutes

The grocery store is a great place to develop vocabulary and practice oral language skills. The next time you’re shopping, stop by the produce department and explore the fruits and vegetables.

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I Wish I May

Prep: 5 Minutes / Activity Time: 5 Minutes

Introduce the traditional nursery rhyme Star Light, Star Bright, and find out what your child would wish for. These types of language opportunities help to build vocabulary and confidence in talking and sharing.

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