This activity is fun for prereaders, beginning readers, and independent readers. Adapt it to your child's ability.Materials
- Family photos or photos from old magazines or catalogs Glue
- Homemade or store-bought picture cards showing things that represent simple words like hat, pig, and doll
- One sheet of paper per player
- One marker per player
- Divide the cards into as many equal sets as there are players. For each set, print the corresponding words faintly in pencil on a sheet of paper.
- Give one list to each player.
- Shuffle all the cards together and put them facedown in a pile.
- The first player draws a card, identifies the picture, then looks for the word on his list.
- If he finds it, he traces it with a marker. If he doesn't, he discards the card.
- The next player does the same, and the players take turns until there are no more cards in the pile.
- The player who has traced the most words at this point is the winner.
- A child playing alone can make a game of simply identifying the pictures, finding the words, and tracing the words.
- If all the players are independent readers, turn this into a spelling game.
- For this variation, you needn't make lists.
- When a player draws a card, he simply writes the word on a sheet of paper.
- When there are no cards left in the pile, the player who has spelled the most words correctly is the winner.