Five Reading Games to Help Preschoolers Learn

The early years of a child’s life are important for many forms of physical, mental and social development. One important skill for all children to learn, during the early years, is the ability to read. Reading is a fundamental habit that opens new worlds and experiences to children. Encouraging toddlers to express themselves and develop cognitive skills are only the beginning to the joys that early reading skills can bring, but the major issue many parents and teachers are having is translating the benefits reading has to offer, into an exciting experience. The following information on reading games will assist parents on five effective methods to help preschoolers enjoy learning how to read.

Digital Methods

  1. Many parents can help their toddlers begin a healthy practice of reading with the use of online applications and games. Noodle Words is one of the most popular digital games available for early reading. The process of the game involves playing with common words, most of which are action words. Allowing children to toy with action words helps them learn the associated sound. This is a creative learning strategy because children are able to memorize words based upon other senses such as sound and sight. The application uses children’s humour and creativity to create their own meaning for the words they learn.
  2. The second digital application parents choose to assist teaching their children how to read is the ABC music games. Before a child can understand spelling, they must effectively recognize the significance of the alphabet. This game uses classical music songs and instruments to help toddlers memorize the alphabet. The app associates each letter with an instrument, combined with photos of the instrument so they are effectively learning the basics of music along with spelling. Children can tap on the instrument and effectively hear the pronunciation of each letter’s sound. If a child wants to understand more about the instrument, small videos and mini games are attached, further expanding the learning experience for children.
  3. Picture matching game applications have always been helpful in the development of preschooler reading skills. There are many various online games available and each uses one common feature, associating words with objects. This visual representation of basic words helps young children differentiate easily the differences between word and sound. Using three and four letter words with constant repetition are the optimal strategy for phonics development, making this method a modern version of black and white flashcards. Most of these apps incorporate word pronunciation along with the photos, thus children will not struggle with cognitive development. It’s important with all of these digital applications to review with children how much they understand and if they need help with the words presented before them.

Classroom Methods

  1. The fourth reading game for preschoolers that can be used to help with reading is nursery rhyme sing along games. These games can be played in groups and are focused on a child’s listening capability. Developing strong reading ability in young children takes more influence than just comprehending words. Children must also be able to recognize patterns, retain information heard and decisively form opinions on the material they hear aloud. Nursery rhyme games allow children to develop all of these reading qualities in simple form. One nursery rhyme game encourages students to create their own stories allowing each participant a chance to use given words to rhyme with and make creative narratives to share with peers. Parents can use this technique at home so they are allowed to evaluate their own child’s ingenuity with words they have learned or used. Nursery rhyme games are an activity parents and children will both enjoy on the process of creating stronger reader.


  1. The final reading game recommended to assist young children to learn reading is referred to as Nonsense listening. This listening game is similar to creative nursery rhyming except for one fundamental change. Students are encouraged to listen critically to the short stories being told because their attention should be focused on the end of the story. The reader will challenge children to hear the difference between what they expect a story’s ending should be compared to what the actual story ending is. The name “Nonsense” is to test the listener’s ability to put the elements of the story together cognitively to be sure the story ending makes logical sense. By changing text or variations of words, preschoolers will be able to combine previous word recognition techniques when hearing stories for best outcome. Playing nonsense is recommended for the advanced learners, yet this social game will help other learners focus in on subject matter important to reading comprehension.

Racheal Tighe, an Australian primary school teacher has a passion for helping teach your child to read through Little Learning Planet. Find Racheal on Google+!

1 Comment

  1. Kelly Brown

    October 20, 2013 at 4:19 am

    Thanks for the information. Teaching a child to read is very important to their future.

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