First Grade Reading Activities

These creative and fun 1st grade reading activities will be a big hit with your first grader! Review important first grade reading concepts such as syllables, sight words, contractions, and vocabulary in playful and innovative ways sure to get your little learner excited about reading.

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Help your first grader practice sight words with this fun activity. Learn how to put together a puzzle while practicing common sight words.
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Help your first grade reader understand verbs by doing them in this boisterous playground relay race.
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Help your first grade reader master those letter blends like "ch" and "sh" with this memorable and hilarious beanbag toss game.
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Combine kids' love of scavenger hunts with consonant blends to create a fun game that's perfect for everything from birthday parties to rainy days at home.
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Compound words get easier if kids can spot two smaller words that they already know inside. Add some fun to the process with this card game!
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Inspiring kids to read can be tough because it's so hard for them to see their progress. Help keep track how much your kid reads with a train reading chart.
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Build good first grade reading and writing skills, as well as family peace and quiet, with this hand made story book about mornings in your home.
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New readers need to develop a "bank" of words they can read by sight. Hate flashcards? Consider this fresh way to practice sight words to perfection...Bingo!
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Practice reading with this fun game, where your first grader will "hunt" for hidden words around the house.
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Help your first grade reader become an expert in "sh," "ch," and "th" words with this fun, homemade game.
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Here's a fun activity to reinforce simple short and long vowel words for your first grader.
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Boost those first grade reading and writing skills with this sweet Mother's Day poem idea.
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Here's an activity that puts a new twist on a classic game. Help your first-grader create his own wooden word blocks and play sight word Jenga.
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What's the first letter? Play this game with your first grader the next time you read together, and watch her reading skills grow as she climbs the levels.
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All you need is chalk and pavement to set up this silly, fun, and practical game that reinforces important first grade vocabulary.
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Try this fun outdoor game to improve your first grader's reading skills. This activity is perfect for summer!
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Here's an activity to encourage your young artist to read. Invite your child to visualize directions on colors, numbers, and shapes to create cool pictures!
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Play hopscotch with numbers, but also with letters, to get kids ready for first grade reading.
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Challenge your first or second grade reader to make 100 words in this reading and spelling activity for the 100th Day of School.
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For Read Across America Day, challenge your first grader to come up with her very own story using magnetic words inspired by "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss.

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