Below are a selection of reading activities that you could enjoy over the coming weeks:

Activity 1 – get a book. Pick a word and have a race to see who can find it first on that page.

Activity 2 – find a word in the book and see how many words you can make rhyme with it. Challenge – model writing them down or if your child is able to let them write them down.

Activity 3 – play I Spy with the pictures in the book, use the sound not the letter name. Watch: to help with pronunciation if you are unsure.

Activity 4 – write some key phrases from the story on paper and cut them into strips. Can your child read and order the events?

Activity 5 – pick your favourite character from the story, if you could ask them a questions what would it be? What do you think they would say?

Activity 6 – tell a story together, my turn, your turn.

You – Once upon a time there was


You – He / she lived in a


You – One day he / she decided to


Activity 7 – read a story book to your child and get them to follow the text, as you’re reading, with their index finger.

Activity 8 – tricky words (words children should know by sight as they cannot be sounded out) snap. Write down 2 sets of tricky words on scrap paper and divide them into 2 piles. Play snap.

Phase 2 Tricky Words – I, no, go, to, the, into

Phase 3 Tricky Words – he, she, we, me, be, was, you, thy, are, all, my, her

Activity 9 – read a simple story or traditional tale. Ask your child to draw and label a picture to explain what happens in the beginning, then the middle and the end. Put them in order.

Activity 10 – pick a word or picture from the book and see how many describing words you can think of. A picture of a cloud for example: fluffy, white, soft, large, like cotton wool etc.

Activity 11 – hide the book from your child’s sight and describe the setting / scene to your child and get them to draw it. When they are finished, compare the setting to your child’s drawing. Discuss how they are similar / different. Can they describe it to you for you to draw it?

Before reading a new book you can also get your child to predict what will happen by looking at the title and the front cover.

Whilst reading a book you can ask your child questions. For example: what do you think is going to happen next? How do you think he / she is feeling now? Encourage lots of story discussion.

Happy reading!

Let me know how you get on, either via the blog by sending a comment, or via email as photos are also welcome.

Mrs Tyson x

Click here to view a printable copy: Reading Activities

Click here to view a Phase 2 and 3 Phonics Mat: Phase 2 and 3 Phonics

Click here to view the Tricky Words: Phase 2, 3 and 4 tricky words

David Walliams is now releasing a free audio book everyday at 11am.