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Help your child learn to read with some of these great activities to print (PDF format):
Animal Matching Game
Cut apart the pictures and words. By matching the colors, your child can match the name to the picture, which increases vocabulary. Use the words to tell your child a story. Telling stories is a great way to broaden your child's use of language.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear Story Cards
Cut apart the pictures, then work together with your child to retell the Brown Bear story. Let your child make up their own story using the pictures. Self-expression stimulates brain development!
Counting, Shapes, Opposites and Colors Cards
Use these cards to help your child practice counting numbers one through ten and learn their shapes, opposites and colors. Cut them apart and place on rings for travel entertainment.
Domino Alphabet Train
Cut each page down the center and on the dotted lines. Mix up the pieces and then match uppercase and lowercase letters to make a long train. This activity will help in learning letters and help make the connection between upper and lower case. Try making the letter sounds as you go for an added activity.
Cut out facial features and move them around on the faces to explore expressions and emotions.
Get Dressed Puzzle
Cut apart these pictures and your child can play with the self-correcting puzzle to learn the names of articles of clothing. Talk with your child about the different words and use them in context. Talking with your child is one of the best ways to help develop language and other early literacy skills.
Cut apart the puzzles and as you reassemble them, say the names of the pictured items aloud. Talking with your child about the pictures will help increase their vocabulary. Practicing cutting and using puzzles are both great ways to help build fine motor control — an important piece in learning to write!
Talk and play with rhymes! The ability to hear separate sounds in words is important to prepare children to decode print. Cut apart the pictures and work with your child to match the rhyming pairs.
Scavenger Hunt Cards
Use these scavenger hunt cards during a road trip, while playing outdoors, or inside on a rainy day.
Use these matching cards to help build vocabulary and to work on beginning reading skills. Learning to sort words into word families and seeing how words look alike and sound alike is a helpful tool in learning to rhyme. Rhymers are readers!
Printable Cutting Pages
Using scissors is a great way for children to get ready to write because it helps develop their fine motor skills.
For more information on early literacy or to schedule a workshop, call the Kent District Library Outreach Specialist at 784-2016 x2221, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.