Activities to Help Your Child Get Ready for Reading

There is an abundance of easy activities to help your child get ready for reading. I feel panicked when I realize that some parents are not aware of the preparation necessary to get their child ready for reading and kindergarten in general!!  I myself did not realize what was necessary for kindergarten preparation, and now it’s even more intense!

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This post is focused on easy activities that will help your child get ready to read. These are my posts for other ways to prepare your child for kindergarten:

50 Ways to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten
How to Help Your Child Get Ready to Read
How Else Do You Get Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?
Are You Getting Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?
Free Ebooks for Kids and Directions
How to Get Your Child to Read – Kindergarten and First Grade

Help Your Child Get Ready For Kindergarten
Fun Car Games that Also Promote Learning and Thinking
25 Ideas for Reading Skills Practice at Home!
Super Fun Ideas For Reading Practice
Qualities of a Good Preschool

Top 10 Independent Learning Activities so Mom Can Get Stuff Done!

Memory Techniques to Help Your Child Remember Information

I saw an article recently about letting kids play until kindergarten. The article stated that you should let kindergarten prepare them for their school career and that REALLY frustrated me.  You need to help your child get ready for reading and help them get ready for kindergarten! It’s so easy, but NEEDED!

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Is play important? YES, play is important. Play helps develop a child’s imagination, dexterity, social skills and play assists in growing their physical and cognitive growth.  You don’t want your child to struggle in kindergarten and some of these activities along with what you’re already doing with them will help prepare them for kindergarten.

I’m not saying that there should be a sign at the hospital that says “get your child ready for kindergarten” but around 3 years old there are simple activities that will make the school transition so much easier.

"Best Little Cook" apron
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This is an example of one activity with some important parts of getting kids to read. Below this example is a document of different activities.


 Making Cupcakes-Oral Language
Say the words in the recipe
And discuss the process of making cupcakes.
Ask your child to repeat their favorite ingredients.
Making Cupcakes-Letter Recognition/Identification
Say the letters in the recipe.
Ask your child to say the letters and trace/write it on the recipe book.
Making Cupcakes-Letter/Sound Correspondence
Say the sound of various letters of the recipe.
Ask your child to tell you the beginning sounds of some of the recipe items.
Making Cupcakes-Sight Words
Say sight words in the recipe.
Ask your child to tell you some of the sight words in the recipe.
Making Cupcakes-Vocabulary
Say the ingredients. 
Ask your child to read a few recipe items and new vocabulary they learned.
At the Grocery Store-Comprehension
Read the book Cooking with the Cat and ask who, what where, why, how questions and
discuss the sequence of events of making the recipe.
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Of course, there are tons of other activities that you can do connected to these 4 activities. I tried to make it easy so you could memorize the parts of the reading components.
If you just connect the “say” and “ask” it will make it easy to connect these reading components to a ton of other activities you do with your child.
If you’d like the document below of activities to help your child get ready for reading, leave your email address below in the comment section or email me at
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Connect More Activities

These are some of the additional ways connected to the activity above, to help your child get ready for kindergarten!

And an adorable way to remind you and your child that they’re getting ready for kindergarten!

Also, you can use a variety of tools whether it be an iPad, board games, crayons, pencils, bocks magnets, etc. to build on these skills.
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More Resources

Reading Rockets – this website has a ton of information about teaching kids to get ready for kindergarten.

IPAD APPS – these apps are for reading, math, etc.


My Pinterest “Getting Kids To Read” Board for many more IDEAS!

My Pinterest “Getting Ready for Kindergarten” Board for many more IDEAS!

There are a lot more ideas to help your child to get ready for reading!  Please let me know if there is any other information or resources that you need. Please leave a comment or question below or email me at (also, contact me if you want the activities document).  I’d love to hear from you!

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