Word Recognition - FamilyEducation

Word Recognition

by Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book

Use this index card game to practice simple word recognition with your preschool child.


  • Index cards
  • Pen or marker
  • Old magazines
  • Photographs (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Glue


  1. Once your child can recognize the letters of the alphabet, you may want to start practicing simple word recognition.
  2. On one set of index cards, write some simple words, such as cat, dog, or bird.
  3. On another set, draw or cut out magazine pictures that illustrate the words you have chosen.
  4. Lay all the cards on the table, face up, and have your child match each word to the corresponding picture.
  5. Try name recognition by using photographs of your child, siblings, friends, relatives, and so on.
  6. Write the name of each person on an index card and have your child match the photo to the appropriate name.