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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Christmas Literacy Games

December is a great time of year to introduce hands on activities that kids can play independently in literacy centers. Here are a few of our favorite games for kindergarten and first grade kids.
Roll a Word
To play this game:

  • Invite the kids to place a cube or other marker at the bottom of each row of pictures.
  • Roll a dice and move the first marker up the column that many spaces.
  • Repeat for columns two and three.
  • Give each child a worksheet, recording page, "Roll a Word".
  • Next, the kids write the three letters, where the markers landed, on the paper.
  • Lastly, write the three letters together and read the word!

Roll, Say, Keep
To play this game:

  • Invite the kids to place one of the cards in each of the 6 boxes on the game board.
  • Roll a dice.
  • Look on the game board and find the box with the dots that match the dice.
  • Invite the child to read the card.
  • If they can, keep the card.
  • Replace the card with a new card.
  • If they can't, leave the card on the game board.

Spin a Word
Here's how to play this game:
  • Invite the kids to spin the consonant spinner. 
  • Find the tree box with the letter on which the spinner landed.
  • Next, spin the vowel spinner.
  • Find the tree box with the letter on which the spinner landed.
  • Repeat on the consonant spinner.

  • As you spin and collect the letters, place them on the tree game board.

  • Record the words on the recording page.
Syllable Sorting

Here's how to play this game:

  • Invite the kids to select one of the presents.
  • Name the picture.
  • Count the syllables.
  • Place the pictures under the correct tree.


  • Record the words on the recording page.
All of these games are from this literacy game pack: Christmas Literacy Game Pack

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