Reading Toys and Games for Preschoolers

Make learning to read fun with these toys and games

While one of the best ways to teach your child to read is to simply read aloud to them, there are other activities you can engage them with as well, from cutting words out of magazines to practicing storytelling to one another. There are also a host of educational reading toys and games on the market, all designed to help little ones learn sight words as well as how to sound things out. 

The reading toys and games listed below are all age-apprporiate and do a great job of complementing any reading readiness activities your preschooler may be working on at home or at school. 

Zingo! Sight Words

Zingo! Sight Words
Zingo! Sight Words from Thinkfun helps preschoolers remember words they can't necessarily sound out. Thinkfun/PriceGrabber

Sight words, while seemingly easy, can be difficult for emerging readers to remember because they need be memorized, rather than being sounded out. Zingo! Sight Words (compare prices) is a game that focuses on 24 words that are appropriate for kids in Pre-K through second grade. The bingo-style game features plastic tiles, six double-sided boards that kids use to match words, and a dispenser.  

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Reading Rods Word Building Activity Set

Reading Rods Word Building Activity Set
Reading Rods Word Building Activity Set. Learning Resources/PriceGrabber

 The Reading Rods Word Building Activity Set (compare prices) from Learning Resources helps kids build words, read them, and then write them in an all-in-one binder. The set, which is good for kids who have a basic grasp of sounding out words, features cards with pictures that encourage kids to sound out words using the blocks. Once they have their word together, they can practice reading and writing it using the dry-erase marker.

Tag Reading System

Tag Reading System
The Tag Reading System from LeapFrog actually reads words to preschoolers. LeapFrog/PriceGrabber

 LeapFrog's Tag Reading System (compare prices) brings books to life through words, songs, and games. The system is made up of a pen and various books and toys. To use it, the child must touch the pen to a word or picture in one of the specially designated LeapFrog products (sold separately), and the pen will identify what it is. The system, which is updated through a USB cord and your computer, is great for independent reading as well as for teaching vocabulary and other interesting facts and subjects.

Alphabotz Superphonic Decoder Cards

Alphabotz Superphonic Decoder Cards
Alphabotz Superphonic Decoder Cards. Alphabotz/PriceGrabber

You'll find three levels of play that allow the Alphabotz Superphonic Decoder Cards (compare prices) to grow with your child as their reading skills improve. Each card features a colorful character, games, secret messages, plenty of words to read, and a place where your child can write. 

Match It! - First Words Learning Puzzle

Match It! - First Words Learning Puzzle
Match It! - First Words Learning Puzzle uses words and pictures to encourage pre-readers. Match It! - First Words Learning Puzzle

 While sounding out words is a great way to learn how to read, a good reader also learns to look at the context of what he is reading to figure out what a word might mean. Match It! - First Words Learning Puzzle (compare prices), works with this concept on the most basic of levels with 30 two-piece puzzles that review a series of simple words. The puzzles are self-correcting, which will definitely help your preschooler learn to figure out what goes where. 

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POP for Sight Words Game

POP for Sight Words Game
POP for Sight Words Game. Learning Resources/PriceGrabber

 POP for Sight Words Game (compare prices) is a fast-paced game that quizzes kids on their knowledge of sight words. As you pull pieces of popcorn out of the container, you are asked to read one of 100 of the most common sight words. But if you get the POP corn, you'll have to go back to the beginning again, so there is a fun competitive, what will happen next element.

Rhyming Words Game

Ryan's World Rhyming Words
Ryan's World Rhyming Words. Ryan's World/PriceGrabber

 A great way to teach kids to read, as well as about the relationship between words is through rhyming. Rhyming Words (compare prices) from Ryan's Room, uses puzzles to teach kids how to rhyme words and ultimately, how letters pair up or group together to make certain sounds. Pictures are on every piece, which helps kids identify words easier. 

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