One way to supplement your child’s reading lessons is to play games with words. A fun game for children at all different reading levels is an alphabet scavenger hunt. To play, you’ll need:
- 4” x 6” notecards
- A pen or pencil
- A camera (optional)
Here’s what you do:
Start by writing the letter “A” on one of the notecards. Now, have your child search for something in the room that starts with the letter “A”. Depending on where you are, they might find an apple, an ant (or aunt!), an animal, etc. If the child can’t find one, don’t let her give up – keep hunting! Go to a different room or head outside.
After your child finds the object, have her draw a picture of it on the other side of the card. Or, if your child likes taking photos, have her take a photo of it. When you’re finished the hunt, you can print the photo and glue it to the back of the card.
Now it’s time to move on to the next letter. Have your child look for a “B” word this time – a book, a baby, a bird, a bug, or a brother. Draw the picture or take the photo and add it to the card.
What if your child only gets to letter “F”, and you run out of time? Remember, this activity is about the process, not the product. It’s okay if you can’t finish it all in one day. Just save your cards until another time and pick up where you left off.
You can also take this activity to new locations: the mall, the grocery store, or a park. Your child will have a great collection of alphabet cards and a lot of fun learning!
By Samantha Bell
Photo by ScienceWorldCA