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We play simple games like this to help our 2 year old with reading.  She loves these games, and they last only a couple minutes, so she never gets bored or feels like it’s ‘learning’!

We usually have a pile of animals or something, and the word cards.  I’ll tell her what one says and show it to her, and ask her to match the animal to it.  After we’ve done that, if she still wants to do more, I spread out the word cards and get her to match them, helping her if she doesn’t remember what they say.  It’s mostly just to get her to look at the cards and be told what they say, in a fun way!  The trick is to stop before the child is bored, so they always want to do it and don’t associate it with boredom.

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This is a fun way to practice and review letter sounds.

I got this idea from a book we have called ‘Entertaining and Educating Young Children’ by Usborne.  Get an empty cereal box and cut a long hole in the front.  I used a pocket knife, and it came out crooked, but it didn’t matter.

The book says to use letters written on paper but I used our foam bath letters to save time, since they’re already there.  You put the pile of letters, (or only about 5 of them so it’s easier for the child to find them) in front the child.  The letters we used are from Mothercare, and are the lower case ones.

You simply say something like, ‘Find the ‘mmmm’ to send to the monkey!’  And the child finds it and posts it in the ‘post box.’  I also threw in the name of the letter for added review, ‘See if you can find the ‘g’ gggggg, to send to the gorilla!’  She loved this, and kept wanting to do more when we finished all the letters, so then we did the numbers.  ‘Send the 4 to the cat!’

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