I think I’m in year three of cars and trucks all over our floor. My boys can zoom them around for hours a day. Over the years, I’ve come up with several car and truck literacy play ideas. Here is another quick and easy literacy activity that encourages new readers to practice reading.
One of the neat things about this activity is that it can easily be adapted for different levels. It’s a win in my book when I can do the same activity with both my kids and adapt it to fit each of their needs.
Race Car Reading Game
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Getting Ready to Play
Materials Needed (per child)Dry Erase Board
1 Dry Erase Marker
Gather your supplies and have a list of words or letters that your child needs to practice. My 4-year-old is working on letters and letter sounds so that is what we used for him. My 5-year-old is working on blending cvc words such as pan, cap, hit, dip, etc. So, those are the words we used for him.
We started by writing two words (or letters) at the top of the board and placing the erasersat the opposite end.
Ready to Play
Call out a word (or letter). Your child identifies the correct word and zooms his car up the dry erase board to wipe out the word.
Write a word to replace the one that was erased and repeat the activity. After a few rounds, we wrote three to four words or letters on the board.
This activity held my kids’ interest for several rounds.
1 Your child could identify the word or letter he wants to erase instead of the adult calling out the word.
2 For children working on letters, call out the sound instead of the letter name. Then, have the child erase the letter that represents the sound he hears.
For more phonics and alphabet games reading games, check out these ideas.
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