One of the most exciting activities for a child is playing a game. My own kids want to play games multiple times per day during the summer and I love it! What’s better than playing a game? Playing literacy games are fun and reinforcing important skills at the same time!
I know the feeling of wishing I had more review games for my kindergarten students. Sometimes after a whole-group literacy lesson, I want to check students’ understanding by having them play a partner game. This way, I can walk around the room and make observations and ask questions, all while my students are actively engaged in a low prep activity.
I also know the feeling of needing more high-quality activities to use in guided reading groups. I don’t always use games in small group guided reading lessons, but occasionally it’s fun to break out a game to reinforce short vowels or sound isolation.
Enter the year 2020, and more parents than ever are asking for and desperately needing simple but fun activities to use with their children at home.
Print, Cut, Play Literacy Games
I recently started a growing pack called Print, Cut, Play Literacy Games. These games are high-interest, hands-on skill practice games that require very little preparation. Most games just include a game board and a set of cards. Some are designed for two players and others are designed for up to four players. Simply print the games on your paper of choice, cut it out, and you’re set!
All of the games in this pack practice literacy skills such as rhyming, sound isolation, letter sound knowledge, and word family work.
As far as materials needed, some games require mini erasers or other small objects to use as game tokens. But that’s the extent of it – you won’t need to locate tons of manipulatives to use these. I like to keep mini erasers in little containers that can easily be accessed for activities like these!
Currently, this resource is a growing pack. That simply means that I have 52 literacy games planned, but I’m not finished creating some of them yet. I’m working hard on the rest of the games!
What skills are taught?
Skills currently covered by games include: Alphabet (Letter identification and letter sounds), rhyming, syllables, short a word families, short e word families, short i word families, short o word families, and short u word families.
Future games will cover first-sound isolation, final-sound isolation, short vowel review, CVC words, long vowels/CVCe words, digraphs, and blends.
Literacy Games are important
I wanted to share about these games for two reasons: one, because it’s a growing pack so you can get in early on the goodies, but also because, two, you might also need quick, low-prep games that are easy to use and easy to pass along to families during this crazy year!
My own kids (ages 8, 6, and 2) have been playing these games at home all summer. My six year-old found a new use for her Hatchimals – she used them in this Hop to Rhyme game!
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You can click here to check out the growing pack in my TpT store. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me via email, Facebook, or Instagram.
Also, I always LOVE seeing my resources in action, so be sure to tag me or use the hashtag #katieroltgenteaching so I can find it!