Somewhere between their infant years and first day of school, your child learns the fundamentals of language. They do this by first identifying the sounds that words make (called phonemic awareness) and then corresponding letters these sounds represent (phonological awareness, or phonics). These pre-reading skills are the start of your child’s path to literacy.
At the same time, your child is coming into their own, eager to express their creativity and share their personality with others. Books are the perfect solution for honing your child’s skills while introducing them to relatable characters they’ll love.
These five playful reading activities for ages 3-5 make the learning process fun for both you and your little one.
1. Fun With Letters
Children enjoy copying words out onto paper. Write your child’s name and have them copy it with alphabet stamps, stickers, or magnets. Encourage them to “write” using the letters. Your child will write letters backwards, spell randomly, and may hold their writing implement strangely — it’s all OK at this age, when a child is eager to communicate via writing of any kind.
The next time you are out in the park or at the beach, use your surroundings to play with letters. Take turns writing letters in the dirt, sand, or snow. (Save Scholastic Early Learners: Write and Wipe ABC 123 for rainy days.)