Reading Games

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Beginning Sounds Sort and Match

There are many different playful ways to help preschool and kindergarten aged children build solid literacy skills. Most of the reading games listed here have support built into them so children can play and enjoy them at any skill level. Both my 3 year old and 5 year old daughters often play together, yet they are consolidating different skills. My three year old is working on letter recognition and sound/symbol correspondence, while my 5 year old is focusing on word building and blending.

With all of the games outlined in this entry, it is important to emphasize both the sound of and the name of the letters with your children as you are playing. It is also helpful if you have your emergent reader double check their work by pointing to each sound individually in a newly created word and then blending the sounds together to re-read the word. This helps the child self-correct if they have made a mistake.

As with all of the playful learning experiences that parents share with their children, participation in the activity should be light hearted and joyful. If at anytime your children become frustrated or uninterested, simply put the activity away for the time being and revisit it at another time.

What are your favorite reading games?

Materials & Resources

Early Childhood Literacy Research – International Reading Association
Personalized Bingo Cards
Alphabet Dominoes – Printable Game
Rhyming Games – Printables
Picture Word Matching – Online Reading Game

Boggle Jr.



With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.


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