One of the best ways to get children interested in reading is to make a game out of the activity. The next time you sit down for evening reading, why not consider combining reading time with play to really get your child excited? Check out these three fun games that you can combine with bedtime stories for kids to greatly improve your child’s reading skills.
Bedtime Stories for Kids and Games
Bedtime stories for kids are a great way to improve concentration, create bonding time with your child and build memories that will last a lifetime, as well as improving vital skills for language development and creative thinking. Combining this reading time with game play can be a great way to add some fun and whimsy into the activity, which will make your child even more eager to engage.
Concentration is a classic game that combines guessing, problem solving and memory, and is a great way to build word association. After you choose the book you’re reading at bedtime, make a set of cards featuring a number of words from the book. You can use basic index cards for this. Each word should appear on two cards. Shuffle them and lay them out in a grid. Take turns guessing where words lie, trying to match up the words. If you successfully match, go again! Have your child sound out the words as they draw them.
This is another classic card game that is a lot of fun to play. It works similar to concentration—you’ll write the words in pairs on index cards and shuffle the deck. Instead of laying it out on a grid, deal out five cards to each player and place the deck face down. Take turns trying to match cards by asking the other player if they have a certain word (“Do you have ‘fish,’” for example). If the second player has the card, they hand it over. Otherwise, they say “Go fish!” and the first player draws from the deck. Every time you have a match, read it and lay it out on the table.
Games of Rhyme
Kids love to rhyme words—it’s a fun activity that can occupy hours. Start by reading classic poems like “Miss Mary Mack,” or even nonsense poems like “Eletelephony.” Let the child look at the poem while you read it and encourage them to point out the rhyming words, or words that sound similar. Then take cards with individual letters on them and ask the child to make new rhymes by spelling out words with the letter cards.
Of course, one of the reasons games are great is because they’re interactive. Interactive eBooks can also be a great way to engage your child in reading activities. Check out our list of free bedtime stories and our whole range of literacy resources for kids!