Play These 7 Games When Learning To Read

You should Know: What Letter Do I Start With was one of my favorite finds of last year. It incorporates the wonderful idea of Eye Spy with early literacy.

Goal of the game: Choose a letter then race to cover all the pictures that begin with that letter.

Skills it works on: Visual perception, attention, letter and sound recognition, and creativity

You should Know: Phonics Center-Beginning Sounds comes with 13 double-sided activity cards, 70 foam picture tiles, and an activity guide for different game variations.

Goal of the game: Match the picture tiles that begin with the letter that is on the activity cards.

Skills it works on: Letter and letter sound recognition, visual scanning, and attention.

You should know: Sight Word Swat is a fast-paced game that will excite and challenge early readers. It comes with 110 double-sided sight word cards (color-coded by difficulty) and four swatters.

Goal of the game: Be the first player to swat the sight word called.

Skills it works on: Reading fluency, reaction time, auditory processing, and visual scanning.

You Should Know: Zingo Word Builder challenges kids to create words while reinforcing spelling patterns. It comes with six double-sided cards. One side is simpler with only one letter missing per word, and the other alternates with 1 and two missing letters.

Goal of the game: Be first to create six words on the card and yell “Zingo!” to win the game.

Skills it works on: Vocabulary, spelling, attention, reaction time, problem-solving.

You should know: Pop for Blends is one of the many early learning Pop game variations by Learning Resources. This game focuses on building words out of blends. It includes 92 blend cards, 8 pop cards, spinner, and guide.

Goal of the game: Pull word blends out of the pop corn box and create words that either begin or end with those blends.

Skills it works on: Vocabulary, spelling, reaction time, problem-solving, and phonological awareness.

You should know: Word Search Junior has 3 different game variations. The easier one focuses on patterns instead of words (which is super cool). To work on reading and spelling, players take turns spinning the board and searching for words on the card at the same time.

Goal of the game: The player who finds the most words at the end wins.

Skills it works on: Reading, spelling, matching, visual scanning, reaction time, visual perception, and attention.

You should know: Word Racer is a cute board game that incorporates sight word recognition with sentence building.

Goal of the game: Create the most correct sentences to move ahead on the game board until you win the race.

Skills it works on: Sight words, reading, counting, patience, turn-taking, following directions, and problem-solving.

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