The earlier a child learns pre-reading skills, the greater chances they have at becoming a proficient reader. This important skill prepares children to succeed in school which is why it’s important to familiarize children with the alphabet in the early preschool years.
There are tons of fun games to introduce reading skills to your child. Here are just a couple great games you can play with your child to help them learn language and reading skills at a young age:
1. MATCH BOX
Introduce this to Phoenix preschool children around the age of 3 years old.
Materials: Small craft storage container, card stock, alphabet stickers, stickers of basic objects and animals, glue
First you will want to make all your materials. Cut the card stock into a bunch of squares that will fit inside the craft box. Then stick each letter of the alphabet onto each card, upper and lower case individually.
Finally, place the stickers of basic objects and animals onto the card stock. Try to find one for each letter, and as a tip, make them objects that your child enjoys. For example, car for the letter C, apple for the letter A, and so on.
How to play:
First, give your child the upper case letters and ask her to choose however many it takes to fill up the top row of the craft box. Next, see if she can sort through the lower case squares and match them up with the upper case letters in the box. These can go in the next craft box row directly underneath the upper case letters.
Finally, ask your preschooler if he can go through the last stack of squares and find a picture that starts with each of the letters in the box. Have him place the pictures below the matching letters in the container.
2. PING PONG ABCs
This game is fun and easy and can be introduces around 2 years of age for Phoenix preschool children.
Materials: ping pong balls, Alphabet stickers, permanent marker, toilet paper rolls, X-ACTO knife or scissors
To prepare, write the alphabet on the ping pong balls, one letter set (upper and lower) per ball. Then use the alphabet stickers on the toilet paper rolls. Take one of the toilet paper rolls and outline it as many times as will fit on your shoebox. Then, cut out the circles with your knife.
How to play:
First, place all the ping pong balls in a big bowl and then have your child or children pick out the rolls to fill each hole. Next, ask your kid to choose a ball, say the letter that’s written on it out loud, and then find the corresponding toilet paper roll to drop the ball into.
These two reading games for pre-kindergarteners will help prepare your child so that they are well adjusted and ready to excel in their Phoenix preschool classroom. All of these things prepare your child to face the world in a better and confident manner.