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6 Reading Activities to Try at Home

Reading activities at home: Here are six quick and easy strategies that you can you use to help your child apply their reading skills.

Most of these have been suggested by my mum, a very experienced Key Stage 1 and Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception) teacher, who also had the challenge of a son who took to reading a bit later than most.  (Yes that’s me!) Several of these activities may seem to have more of a writing focus.  This is because in many cases reading and writing are so closely linked that you can often effectively use one to exercise skills in the other.

Reading activities at home:


Start a holiday scrapbook.  Show your child how they can document their holiday with drawings, notes, photos and anything that they like.  This can then be used as a prop to tell people about their holiday.


Reading activities at home:

Shopping List

Ask your child to write you a list. It could really be a list of anything.  It might be something that you dictate or something that they come up with independently.  This can either be written in words or drawn.  If you go with a shopping list you might like to ask them to use it to guide you and read it out as you go round the shop.  If you are using pictures this will help to get them used to the process and get them to set up strategies that they will use later when reading words.


Reading activities at home:

Furniture Labels

Ask your child to help you label as many pieces of furniture as you can.  Once you have done this muddle up the labels while they have their eyes closed.  Challenge them to put the labels back correctly.  With this game just start with a few labels to see how they get on then build up the number as they get quicker at it.


Reading activities at home:


Share simple requests in note form. ‘It’s time for tea’, ‘would you like a sweet?’ Even if if they can’t read them all to start with it can be fun to work them out together. These notes can be left around the house or pushed under doors.


Reading activities at home:


Write tricky words, or words that your child has struggled with in a book, on cards. Write each word out on 2 or 4 cards. Do this with several words ranging in difficulty.   Spread the cards, well shuffled, out on a table face down.  Take it in turns to turn over 2 cards and try to read them out.  If you can match them and read them both you can keep the pair.  If you can’t you have to return the cards to their place and the next person takes a turn.


Reading activities at home:

Reading Buddies

If your child is a little reluctant to read aloud or has specific words or strategies to practice they might like to read quietly to a soft toy.  This reading buddy will listen non judgmentally and help them get ready to read to someone else.

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