To celebrate, here are some fun and engaging literacy games and activities to share with the kids in your life!
These free Story Starters are a creative way to get your kids writing their own fantastical tales! Written by popular authors like Lemony Snicket, Elaine Landau, and Mo Willems, each introduction hooks you in, and asks you to come up with your own take on what might happen!
PBSKids has an entire web page filled with exciting online games for kids based on popular books.
At the Discovery Education website, kids can design and solve their own word puzzles, like word searches, cryptograms, and double puzzles.
ReadWriteThink is a huge online database filled with curriculum and activities for use by teachers and parents alike. Create a concentration game with idioms, compose a shape poem, write a nature story, and more!
Consider investing in the game Bananagrams! This free-form scrabble-like game can be played in the traditional way, and can also be used as a tool for many more activities, games, and strategies for getting your kids reading and thinking about words. We use this resource often in our Buddies Program. For example,
- For kids who are still working on their letters, you can spread out the tiles and ask them to pick out all of one letter, or to pick out which letters make a certain sound.
- Spell a longish word, like “helicopter” or “photograph,” and then ask the child to see how many new words he or she can spell from that word.
- Ask children to build rhyming words!
Remember: when encouraging kids to get excited about reading and writing, don’t be afraid to think outside the box!