Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Reading Games

My next review is of an Usborne book that is currently out of print. I know, sorry, but I have seen used copies and some new available in a quick search. We got our copy to check out at the library. I'm also seriously considering sharing some of the homemade game projects that we made from this book in upcoming posts.

With two preschoolers, non-readers I'm doing lots of reading up on education and learning. I'm looking for books like Usborne You and Your Child Reading Games, by Ray Gibson. I'm just beginning to scratch the surface here on the learning years but I do know that I want learning to be fun. What better way then to play educational games and activities with my kids.

Reading Games is filled with just that and pretty much all of them can be made/assembled easily with everyday household items like yarn, straws, paper clips, markers. One thing that I appreciate more each year is all things homemade. What's even better? Being able to make these homemade games with the help of your kids. Some of my own fondest childhood games and activities were ones my own Mom made. Like a home made fishing game fashioned together using cutout construction paper fish with paperclips, straw poles with strings and magnets. Reading Games offers up a similar alphabet fishing game, created very similar only instead of fish use a magnetic letter set and make lotto type letter cards.

This book has been a great find that we enjoyed a while back during a particularly rainy week. We had hours of crafting fun and now have hours of game playing to enjoy. There are 14 game ideas in the book including a alphabet fishing game, creating picture word stories, silly sentence books and much more. All geared to help with letter identification, phonics, building concentration skills, building awareness of written language and interpretation of information.

Let the games and learning begin!


  1. Hey Michelle,
    Always love to come by and see what you are up to. I ordered the book "I'm In Charge of Celebrations" and just got it today. I had feast reading it but got homesick for my former students. Hope you are doing well.

  2. That sounds like an absolutely awesom resource!

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  4. Always looking for great books for my kids!
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  5. I LOVE this idea!!! Thank you for sharing the title. I will have to see if my local library has this one. Thank you so much for linking up with me. :)

  6. Michelle! I am in love with this book!!! This is the first time I've heard about it but I am really hoping that they have it in our town library! My kids love games and crafts and I agree with you that some of the best memories are made creating and playing together...a somewhat rare art in today's world.

    I hope you have a great time with your little ones with all of the games! I have a two year old and a seven year old that will have a ball with this...the 2 yr old playing them...the 7 yr old helping make them and teaching his brother to play them! Pray for me as I search them out! Have a great weekend!!

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