Reading games are fun way to get your children not only involved but also excited about reading. Even "reluctant" readers are more likely to enjoy reading if they are having fun at the same time. Here are a few games your kids may like to try:
Try Bingo Reading games. We have some cards you can download and print, or make your own cards using your child's spelling words or words they should be able to read. For beginning readers, try Sight Words Bingo which teaches high-frequency words, or Early Phonics Bingo which includes short words that are easy to sound out. For more about Bingo, for blank Bingo cards (fill in yourself), and for holiday Bingo sets, see our Bingo page page or visit our Holiday Activities .
Play memory or concentration games. You can print out our alphabet memory cards or make your own. You can play with two sets of cards and match upper-case to upper-case and lower-case to lower-case, or print one set of each and match upper-case to lower-case (This is a great way to teach early readers to recognize lower-case letters and associate them to upper-case.) (One little tip - for children just learning their letters, it is a bit too much to have all 52 cards out all at once. Try selecting about 10 letters and use only those for the game.)
Search Hidden Pictures for beginning sounds. Children enjoy looking for items that begin with the sounds they are learning. This can be done with illustrations in a book or pictures in a magazine - or in our hidden pictures that focus on individual letters.
Try some mixed-up word games. Your children may enjoy playing Mad Libs or a games of "Silly Sentences." (This is a game where you choose the beginning of one sentence and the end of another sentence, and then put them together. Those sentences can get pretty silly!)
Play "Homonym Phrases." You have heard of homonyms -- words that sound the same but are spelled differently. Well, when you read the clues in "Homonym Phrases," you will be reading words that seem to make no sense. But when you listen to the words you are reading all together, they turn into well-recognized phrases. Give it a try! We have two versions available: Nursery Rhyme Homonym Phrases and Christmas Homonym Phrases.
Play seasonal games. Kids love to make the most of any holiday season. We have several games on our Holiday Activities pages.