Learning to read and write can be achieved in so many fun ways and learning through play is a fabulous place to start.
Keeping the children interested can be key. Our 6-year-old loves nothing better than to get hands-on whilst learning. So, with this in mind, I set up a really easy word construction site and challenged him to build a road by building some words.
This also gave his 2-year-old sister an opportunity to play too and familiarise herself with some key phonics that she will be introduced to as she embarks on her reading and writing adventure.
I used some small rocks from the garden and I added phonics and words to them using a permanent marker pen. I used single letters, groups of letters that make a sound to practice and words from his reading list that he wanted to learn.
I used a piece of scrap cardboard to draw a ‘word road’ and wrote on it the words he really wanted to master that day.
We put the rocks in the yellow digger toy (that also usually lives in the garden!) and I added a simple instructions sign. We read the sign together so he could understand the challenge.
Another enjoyable way to get the children active and excited about words is to create a letter trail. It’s so much fun!
This really would make a fabulous set up for a classroom for the children to explore and learn with.
Once he had found the correct rocks to complete the word he was able to use them to build his road.
You can see how well he got on here:
See, learning can be so much fun! It doesn’t have to be rocks as you could use scraps of paper or fabric, buttons with stickers on, etc Anything that appeals to your children.
We always love to see what you’ve been doing too. Why not follow our award-winning Family Days Tried and Tested Facebook Page for more daily fun?