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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Noisy Socks

Prep: 5 Minutes / Activity Time: 5-7 Minutes

Your baby is learning to notice sounds all around her more and more each day. Try making noisy socks for her to listen to the sounds of her world.

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Pound, Pinch and Poke

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

Play dough is a great way for your child to develop strength and control in her hands, fingers and wrists. He will certainly give his fine motor muscles a workout as he pounds, pinches and pokes the dough.

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Flashlight Shapes

Prep: 8-10 Minutes / Activity Time: 5-7 Minutes

Playing with a flashlight is a lot of fun for babies. Imagine the fun your baby will have if you transform the light from the flashlight to a geometric shape!

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Bottle Cap Fun

Prep: 1-2 Minutes / Activity Time: 5-7 Minutes

This activity uses bottle caps in a variety of sizes and colors. Your child will have fun examining the similarities and differences he sees.

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Illustrate the Poem

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

In this activity, your child will take a familiar poem and add illustrations to it. It might even become part of a poetry book created by your child.

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Bows and Toes

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If your child loves to repeat the same sound over and over, this is demonstrating his budding skills in phonological awareness. Take advantage of his love for repetition to introduce the concept of rhyming.

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Pillow Tracing

Prep: None / Activity Time: 1-3 Minutes

Your child is beginning to develop fine motor skills in his fingers and hands. This is the perfect time to add in modeling on how to form shapes and lines using a pillow cushion from a table or chair.

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Cozy Reading Nook

Prep: 30 Minutes / Activity Time: 5-10 Minutes

Create a comfortable and cozy reading nook at home to show your child how much you value books and reading.

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Fun Rhyming With Books

Prep: None / Activity Time: 5-10 Minutes

Take a look at some recommended books that have lots of rhyme and language repetition to help expose your preschooler to important phonological awareness skills in a fun and natural way.

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Round and Round You Go

Prep: None / Activity Time: 2-5 Minutes

In this activity, you’ll use singing and movement to build an awareness of language patterns, syllables and alliteration.

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