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Play Beanbag Letter Blend Toss

Now that first grade's here, students need to be adept at recognizing lots of letter blends, such as "ch" or "sh." Want a memorable and hilarious way to practice letter blends? Try our fun beanbag toss game.

Play Picture Book Charades!

A new twist on the old fashioned game of charades will inspire your first grader to look at her favorite books in a whole new light.

The Build-a-Word Card Game: Better than Go Fish!

Compound words may look hard at first, but things get easier if kids can spot two smaller words that they already know. Want to add a little "holy moly!" to something that can feel ho hum? This card game will help you practice making compound words-- and have some fun while you're at it!

Learn Sight Words with a Water Game!

Try this goofy, outdoor game to build your child's reading and spelling abilities. Not only will you both have fun splashing around outside, but she'll be improving her reading skills at the same time!

Play Syllable I Spy

At some point in your life, you've probably played the game "I Spy." It's perfect for boring waits at the grocery store, or long car rides. But with a little tweaking, the game can also help kids practice a key first grade concept...syllables. Here's how to play:

Digraph Bingo

Digraphs are letter pairs like "sh" and "ch" that together make a single sound. Learning them can be tricky for new readers, but this bingo game makes it easy...and fun!

Play Letter-Sound Hopscotch!

Hopscotch is classic fun for little kids. Here are two variations of letter-sound hopscotch that can build your child's phonics skills and help her jump right into first grade reading.

Jump Rope The Days of the Week!

Jump rope isn't just good exercise. It's also a fun way to build your child's ability to focus and learn. Use these rhythmic chants to help your first grade athlete learn the days of the week and improve early reading skills!

Practice Reading with Newspaper "Highlights"

Help your first grader start lifetime reading habits with print that's all around us.

Play Nursery Rhyme Madlibs!

Here's a silly game that uses nursery rhymes to introduce a big concept in first grade reading and writing: learning about nouns and verbs.