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Teaching Ideas: 12 Reading Activities and Alphabet Activities for Young Children

By: Emily Timmons, Editor, AllFreeKidsCrafts.com
Reading Activities and Alphabet Activities

While some children are eager to dive into the world of reading, others aren’t quite so willing. Every child has a different reading level, as well as a different level of interest, so it’s up to teachers to find the best ways to teach reading to their students.

Creative lesson ideas are the best way to get kids interested in learning how to read. For younger children, finding new and entertaining educational activities to practice the alphabet is one way to get kids interested in reading while they’re young. For older children, choosing reading activities to complement their studies will engage their young minds to the fullest, making reading fun.

Share these activities with your students, and watch them disappear into the wonderful world of books as the school year goes on.

Alphabet Activities

Popsicle Stick Alphabet Game

If you're an early childhood educator, these teaching ideas are for you. Go beyond singing the alphabet song with these alphabet activities! Letter recognition is the first step to showing a child how to love reading; once they know the alphabet, they can use fun educational crafts like the Phonics Flip Book to practice putting words together. Kids be truly hands-on with these alphabet activities, especially with the Touch n' Learn Alphabet Cards, so these early lessons will surely stick later on. Be sure to practice both upper case and lower case letters!

Reading Activities

Story Cube Reading Game

Your students know their ABCs, so now it's time to turn up the fun. Getting kids interested in reading is all about determining the best way to spark their interest. For some, the story alone is enough, but other students need a game or reading activity to connect to the story. Encourage your little learners to create their own story with Fill in the Blank Storytelling, or engage older students with the Spell for Your Life Printable Board Game. Tempt students that have trouble reading with any one of these fun learning activities, and they're sure to show more interest in any book you give to them.

What are your best tips for teaching reading? Share them below!

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