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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Blue Makes Me Think Of . . .

Prep: None / Activity Time: 10 Minutes

Drawing opportunities allow your child to work on the coordination she needs to hold a crayon, keep the paper still, and apply enough pressure to make her mark.

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Sticks, Humps, Bumps, Curves and Circles

Prep: 5 Minutes / Activity Time: 10 Minutes

Chances are, your child is familiar with the first letter of his name and may even have claimed it as “his letter!” Use his natural interest in “his letter” to learn about differences and similarities in letters.

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Same Sound All Around

Prep: 3 Minutes / Activity Time: 5 Minutes

Make a game out of finding objects in your house that begin with the first letter of your child’s name.

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Nine, Ten, Big Fat Hen!

Prep: 10 Minutes / Activity Time: 5 Minutes

When preschool children memorize and recite nursery rhymes, it helps develop their phonological awareness skills.

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Your Family Story

Prep: None / Activity Time: 15 Minutes

Get the whole family together to create and write a family story. As you write, you’ll help your preschooler understand important concepts about letters and print.

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The Name Game

Prep: None / Activity Time: 10 Minutes

Ask for your child’s help in naming his special stuffed friends! He can use a combination of drawing and writing to create name tags for his favorite little friends.

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Let’s Talk About Safety

Prep: 5 Minutes / Activity Time: 10-15 Minutes

You can help develop your child’s decision-making and problem-solving skills by talking about real-life situations that impact health and safety.

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Counting Words

Prep: None / Activity Time: 5 Minutes

In this easy activity, your child will practice listening for individual words in sentences.

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Easy Listening

Prep: 15 Minutes / Activity Time: 5 Minutes

Learning to focus on sounds helps pave the way for later accomplishments in phonological awareness, and that’s important for future reading and spelling skills.

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Healthy Habits

Prep: 2-5 Minutes / Activity Time: 15-20 Minutes

Healthy habits are an important part of a fulfilling life. Help your child make a creative reminder of the routines we follow to keep ourselves in good health.

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