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These are fun activities for improving reading skills  during holiday travel:

Many families travel over Thanksgiving or December holiday breaks. You can  transform travel into reading games and learning opportunities:

  • Clap out family names: Practice syllables by clapping out the names of family, friends, and even pets.
  • I spy the letter: Challenge children to a letter hunt while on the go at the grocery store, spotting street signs while riding in the car, or reading the menu at a restaurant.
  • Tell popcorn stories: Share little stories using whatever pops into the storyteller’s head. Start the story off with, “Once upon a time, there was a,” and see where it goes.
  • Fun reading games during holiday vacation: Families who are stuck indoors on cold winter days can try fun reading-ready activities, including:
    • Go on a book walk: Grab a favorite picture book and have the child retell the story in his or her own words. Use pictures and words as cues to build reading skills.
    • Rhyming “Go Fish“: Play this picture card game to grow children’s vocabulary skills. Parents can create their own cards or download “Go Fish” cards from teachmama.com or notimeforflashcards.com.
    • Write on the walls: Tape paper to the walls, use window markers, or paint the walls with special blackboard paint to create a space for kids to work on fine motor, letter formation, and writing skills. Let kids scribble or paint freely, write giant letters and have fun.

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