Top 10 Reading Games for Kids
Everyone knows that kids need to read to succeed. Some kids just learn to read no problem, while other kids struggle, struggle and struggle some more just to learn the basics. This is where a reading game comes in handy. You can get your struggling readers to play a game way easier than you can get them to practice sight word drills. The more fun the game is, the more time they will be willing to spend playing the game. And, as a consequence, they will be learning and strengthening the reading skills necessary for future success. Get a few reading games this summer and raise your child’s reading level and have fun at the same time!
Here’s to better and better reading skills!
Great hands-on reading and spelling tool which is also great for developing fluency (greater reading speed). This game combines 70 yellow onsets (beginning of the word) with 70 green rimes (end of the word) to make hundreds of words to read in a game format. This is a very effective game for any age person that needs more practice with reading skills.
Boggle is a great game to practice making and reading words in a fun game format. Super Big Boggle has a super sized grid including the new double letter cube and new blank cube. Includes 36 letter cubes and a 4 minute timer provide a fresh challenge with every game. The biggest boggle game ever. Contains 36 letter cubes, stylish cube grid and dome, 4 minute sand timer and instructions.
Boggle Junior is an easier game version for younger players and helps younger readers begin to recognize and learn the alphabet and sounds as well as put the sounds together to form words. This is a first game for preschoolers and grows with the child by combining different ways to play the game. The child can match letter cubes to picture or word cards in 2 multi-level games. This game is great for introducing letter and word recognition, matching, spelling and memory and is for 1-2 players.
The Match It! Alphabet Memory Game is a fun game that will challenge problem solving, teach upper and lower case letter recognition, and develop memory skills as they try to find a pair of matching alphabet cards. I recommend that you begin playing the game using only 4 letters. You will have 8 cards all together (4 upper case letters and 4 lower case letters that match the upper case letters). Add a new letter each time a letter (upper case and lower case) is learned. When the child turns over the matching upper and lower case letter they should also tell you the sound they would make for that letter. You can also combine two and three letters to begin practicing blending the sounds together to make simple words to read. For example, when the child can recognize the letters a, t, and m they can make the words: a, at, am mat and tam. As the child learns more sounds continue to make new words to read combining the new sounds with the already known sounds.
New Set:The Family Game of Visual Perception, has won over 35 best game awards including MENSA Select. Race to find a SET of three cards where each feature is either all the same or all different on each card. SET can be played alone or with as many players as you can fit around the table. Most children who struggle with reading will benefit from a strategy to strengthen their visual perception skills. Strengthening a child’s visual perception will also strengthen their ability to recognize and memorize letters and sounds as well as strengthen numerous other learning skills. Set can be played in 20 minutes or less so it makes a fun and quick way to practice a very important learning skill.
Scrabble is a great game to practice making and reading words in a fun format. This version of the game is great because the words won’t be slip which is especially important with someone just learning to read. There are also soft pads on its bottom that allow you to effortlessly slide the board across a table or rotate it for a better view. And, the compact size of the board, tiles and racks, make the game ideal for travel. You can play Scrabble in a car, train, plane or boat which makes practicing reading skills so much easier!
Scrabble Junior is an easier version of scrabble for younger players and newer readers. This version of Scrabble will give kids practice with letter and sound recognition. Kid-sized words and colorful pictures make it fun to match letter tiles to words on the grid. Players move their tokens up the score track as they score points. When all of the tiles have been placed on the board, the player with the most points wins. There is an easy version of the game on the front and a more advanced version on the back as the child’s skills advance.
This is a fun game for making and reading words in a game format. This makes reading practice fun instead of an argument! Each player chooses a Word Shark mat. Player 1 draws a consonant tile from the pile and tries to add it to a word ending on his or her mat to make a word. If the letter cannot be used to spell a word, it is returned to the pile. Then the next person takes a turn. For 1-10 players. Includes: 10 two sided mats, 58 vowel tiles and 92 consonant tiles.
Sight words are words that are seen over and over again in all kinds of printed material. Kids need to be able to read sight words automatically to become fluent readers. Since many sight words do not sound out using phonics they need to be memorized so they can be read quickly. Sight word drills can be boring for kids so a game format is a great way to get kids to practice learning these words. Children love to play this hands-on, interactive game while they practice reading 46 sight words. The child can move on the the next level once he/she can read these words fluently. Unique six-way format adapts to a variety of skill levels. Appropriate for small groups or the entire class and ideal for learners with disabilities or anyone learning English. Includes 36 playing cards, 264 playing chips, calling cards, caller’s mat, answer guide and storage box.
This is a great game to practice letter and sound recognition. The more the child practices, the easier it is for him to learn the names and sounds of the alphabet letters. This game makes it fun to practice letter names and sounds. Players sound out the letter on their card and match it to the beginning sound of the picture on the game board. Each card features a letter of the alphabet in upper and lower case format. Colored squares on the cards and game board help with faster recognition for younger readers. When you have 5 of your chips in a row, you’ve got a sequence.
This is a fun and easy to play card game that gives kids practice in making and reading words. Use this game after kids know the sounds of the alphabet letters. You can also pull out the cards that are more difficult to sound out such as “ear” and then include them back in after the child has had practice playing with the easier sounds. The child will also practice reading “rimes” which is the chunk of the word after the vowel. This is a great skill to practice for fluent reading. The more they practice this skill, the quicker they become fluent readers. Players pick and pass cards as fast as they can to spell words. Each game includes 90 cards
This is a really fun game to practice making and reading words and can adapt to different reading skill levels. This game can be played every day for painless reading practice. It is faster moving than Scrabble because everyone play at once which may be better for the kids who get bored waiting for their turn. You can “steal” someone else’s word by adding another letter to their word to make a new word. When you see a word just shout it out and grab it. For 2 or more players.