Literacy includes reading, writing, and speaking. It is the basis of any child’s learning.
Literacy skills can be taught from baby age with playful games and activities, and continues to be taught at school age where literacy instruction is more formal than just play.
This is a collection of my favorite literacy activities for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids. Depending on the activity, even babies can join in the play.
I like this activity because you get to make a fun educational toy for your kids and you only need a few supplies to make it. This activity teaches your child the basics of reading by getting to know sight words.
I like this activity because it is a very simple activity where you only need paint, paper and paint brushes to do the activity with your kids.
I like simple activities like this one where you only need a few items to make a great educational toy. You take sandpaper and yarn to create a yarn drawing board. You can also create pattern boards for your kids to replicate. Or they can create designs on their own.
Cutting is a skill that is important for kids to learn in a safe and fun way. It teaches fine motor skills and hand eye coordination and kids enjoy the thrill of playing with scissors.
This activity is easy enough for younger kids to do, since shape matching is not that difficult.
Plus it’s a great activity for me because it uses items that I have in the house, plus it is a great way to use up old paper shopping bags (I use them instead of butchers paper).
I like the idea of making a fun and educational toy for my son that he can play with over and over again and that actually teach him something. This activity will teach reading and practice fine motor skills.
When we played it we simplified it by writing every letter but the first letter of the sight word on the Popsicle stick. Then we wrote a letter to the clothes pin. That way you can easily teach words with the same ending such as cat and bat.
At first I thought this activity is a bit complicated for younger kids but it's actually great for introducing them to rhyming in a fun way. The pictures are bright and colorful and will be a delight to turn around. This activity also includes a beautiful printout.
This puppet making quiet bin is open ended, meaning there is no right or wrong way to play with it. Such activities are some of my kids’ favorite activities. It also only uses a few easy to find supplies which won't break the bank.
Your kids can play with items they already have with this I spy tray activity where they learn vocabulary skills. You just need a tray or bin of some sort and some toys or household items to play. They take turns and say what they spy.
This activity is an adventure for your kids: to discover what is hidden in the Easter eggs that they’ve rescued. Is it a letter? A number? A fun toy?
Tape a few plastic Easter eggs in a sensory bin in a few different ways and let your kids rescue it with a laddle. For Easter you can add a few chocolate eggs to the bin.
I like this activity because you can use any Easter eggs in this activity but plastic eggs are best because you can add interesting items to the plastic eggs such as letters numbers and other small items. It's great hand eye coordination practice and are sure to keep your kids busy for a while.
This printable coloring book is great for teaching the alphabet and for letter recognition. It includes big, inviting pictures to color. You can give one page at a time to your kids or make a book of it.
You only need colored paper, a marker and Velcro to make awesome abc paper chains where kids can learn the alphabet and form words with the chains. They can also go crazy and chain together random letters just for fun.
Any activity that uses a few easy to find supplies is great in my eyes. Dot stickers and cardboard rolls are all you need to play this game.
Give your kids a container filled with stickers with their favorite character and fun shapes and images and it’s sure to entertain them for a while.
Stickers are great for practicing fine motor skills and creativity. You can buy different types and shapes of stickers for kids to play with. Add crayons or markers for drawing and they are ready for quiet time.