Fun and Games with Reading
Activities to help children Learn, Organize, Plan, etc.
The links listed in the tabs below are filled with ideas for fun games and activities that you can do with your child to help build the skills, attitudes and behaviors needed for school success.
There is no one “right” way to do the activities. You should make changes and shorten or lengthen them to suit your child’s attention span. You might want to use them as a starting point for some activities of your own. If you don’t have some of the resources listed for an activity, remember that most public libraries offer free use of books, magazines, videos, computers and other services. Other things that you might need for these activities are not expensive.
Keep in mind, however, that children don’t always learn the same things at the same rate. Some of these activities may work better for younger children while others may be more appropriate for older children. You are the best judge of what your child may be ready to try, so if you think it may work for your child, try it.
As a parent, you can help your child want to learn in a way no one else can. That desire to learn is a key to your child’s later success. Enjoyment is important! So, if you and your child don’t enjoy one activity, move on to another. If your child becomes bored or frustrated by an activity, leave it! Don’t spend more time on an activity than your child can tolerate. Five minutes of fun and enjoyment will help your child more than fifteen minutes of frustration. You can always return to any activity later on.
Watch this preview of games at PBS.org that will help kids read
Home learning “recipes” by MegaSkills
More fun and games! See the links below for fun activities created by the Michigan Department of Education
Games and Activities for children in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten
Games and Activities for children in kindergarten and first grade
Games and Activities for children in first grade and second grade
Games and Activities for children in 2nd grade and third grade
Fun websites for game and activities