Playing games, and using fun activities to learn, or hone reading skills, help make the learning process much more interesting and less of a chore. It can also lower the frustration level.
Play a spelling game – This can be written, verbal, with letter tiles, a video game, etc.. Choose a letter of the alphabet, say a word, take turns spelling it. Keep it fun, use similar word families such as rain, train, brain, drain, etc.
Play “Build A Word” – Start with one letter then add one more, then another to try and form a word. This is great for two players, one who can spell well can be helpful.
Play a rhyming game – Rhyming words helps to build a familiarity with words that sound similar. It can help with spelling and predictive reading. This is a great verbal game. Say a word such as bay, then encourage the other player to say a word that rhymes with it. Having an alphabet chart handy can be helpful for players.
Play secret code games – Some people love secret code games such as cryptograms. This often includes a number or symbol that translate into letters and then into words. Rainbow codes, Cryptograms, Code wheels, etc..
Play word puzzles – There are a wide variety of word puzzles books on the market today. You can find them FREE on line and in app stores too. The dollar stores are filled with crossword puzzles, word search, and criss-cross or fill-in puzzle books to choose from. There are some free puzzle makers on line you can use if you would like to use your own list of words.
Play a game of “Build A Sentence” – Start with two or three words such as, ‘The cat sat’. Next, add one word to the sentence. It can be a descriptive word such as, ‘The striped cat sat’. Then add another word. This can be done in a simple word program such as Notepad, as a text with a friend, where it is easier to copy, paste, and add a word here and there. A white board can be used, or a plain piece of paper if players don’t mind writing the same words over and over again. Another idea is to use word cards, word magnets, or word tiles. Use index cards and write words as needed. Keep them so they can be used for other games and activities.
Create your own game – When you know what you are trying to help someone to learn, come up with a game of your own. Play it together, then tweak it as you go. Keep it fun.