Games to Teach Pre-Reading Skills

ABC Letter Game, Alphabet Bingo, Sequence Letters and Spot it – Photo by the author

Author: Danielle Dabbs

Games can be a great way to help preschoolers learn letter names, letter sounds, rhyming, and sight words – all important pre-reading skills! There are lots of great games out there, but here are a few that we play often and recommend. Last year I homeschooled my daughter for preschool and between reading a lot of books and playing these games she learned to read!

ABC Bingo by Peaceable Kingdom

πŸ”€: Capital letter identification and letter sound bingo
πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦: 2-6 players
πŸŽ‚: Ages 2/4+
⏲️: 10 minutes

In this game you use the picture or letter tokens to play bingo. The letter tokens have letters on one side and the pictures on the other, which give you multiple options of play (identifying pictures, letters, or sounds). This means that you can scale it from a 2 year old that is looking for pictures up to pre-reading practice with letter sounds. 

For our full review of this game, click here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CE4rvUlhhi0/

Sequence Letters by Jax Games

πŸ‘ΆπŸ”€: Matching cards to pictures to get 4 in a row
πŸ‘ͺ: 2-4 players
πŸŽ‚: 4+
⏲️: 10min

In this game, you place your colored chip on the picture that matches a card in your hand. The first person to get 4 in a row wins. In this version of sequence, you are matching the letter card to the picture that has that letter as the starting sound. For this game kids should already be familiar with letter names and be working on matching letter sounds to the starting sound of the pictures.  

For our full review of this game, click here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CEVQGtuhS7U/

Super Why ABC Game by Briarpatch

πŸ”€ Competitive spin and move pre/early reading game
πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘§: 2-4 players
πŸŽ‚: Ages 3+
⏲️:15-20 mins

In this game you move around the board and complete tasks on the card, including finding corresponding capital letters, identifying beginning word sounds, rhyming words, and finding words to complete a sentence or reading a sight word. I like the variety of pre-reading and early reading skills this covers and the ways you can modify it across the PreK/K years.

For our full review of this game, click here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CDowU5nhBc2/

Spot It! Alphabet by Asmodee

πŸ…°οΈ1οΈβƒ£πŸŠ: Speed matching game
πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦: 1-6 Players
πŸŽ‚: Ages 2/3+
⏲️: 5 min to as long as you want

In this game, you are trying to be the fastest to find the matching items on the cards. Within each Spot It set, there are several game variations you can play, but they all follow the same basic rules. Every single card has one, and only one, match to every other card. The letter version allows kids to start at the most basic level by finding the matching letter on each card and saying that letter name. 

It is currently a hard game to find but some people found it at 5 Below or Thrift shops.

For our full review of this game, click here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CGYHMZhhyrE/


Danielle is a mom of 4 children ages 8 and under. She taught her oldest 3 to read as preschoolers, and uses board games to help her children learn new skills and practice what they are learning in school in a fun way. She has a Masters in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and works part-time writing grants for Crayons to Classrooms to procure school supplies for kids in low-income schools, and writing board game reviews with a focus on using games for educational purposes at Instagram.com/boardgamebabies. 

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