The following post is by contributor Mariah Bruehl of Playful Learning.
For those of us who have young, emerging readers in our lives, we know that it is a fine line between the euphoria of sweet success and the frustration that can easily come and overtake them. It is these ups and downs that are the reason why the reading process should stay light and fun. There is no better way to make learning to read fun and playful, than by engaging in simple games with your child.
Storybook bingo is a great way to encourage word recognition. It is the perfect activity for children who are beginning to recognize simple words and who have strong letter-to-sound recognition. The inspiration for this game came from No Time for Flashcards, which is my go-to resource for fun games that develop reading skills.
What I love about this game is that you can pick your child’s favorite read aloud stories. One of our all-time favorites is Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney.
- Once you have chosen the book that you would like to use, read through it and select one word from each page that you feel is a good match for your child’s reading level.
- Create a table with each word in a square. This can be created on your computer and printed out or simply drawn by hand. If you would like to use Miss Rumphius, you can download our bingo printable, here.
- Find some markers (glass pebbles, pennies, little sticky notes, etc) and give them to your child along with the game board.
- Go over all of the words on the game board with your child before reading the story.
- Explain to your child that as you read the story he can put a marker on each word that he hears you say out loud.
- The goal is to fill up the whole board. If your child misses a word, you can invite them to go back and find it in the book.
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What are your family’s favorite reading games?