I have always been a huge reader for as long as I remember. The first books I remember reading were Berenstain Bears books. My Mom read them so much to me that I would memorize the stories and then I taught myself to read them myself. My love of books has continued into adulthood and I usually am always in the middle of reading a book – sometimes two!
I hope to pass my love of reading to my kids so we have started to build quite the library at home. My one year old twins love to look at books and for me to read stories to them during the day and my son always loves a bedtime story. Right now he is in Kindergarten and although he loves to be read to, he’s not that big into reading himself – yet! I’m always looking for fun ways to teach him his sight words and make reading fun.
Here are just a few ways that we make reading fun!
We always make sure to spell words on our fridge with magnetic alphabet letters!
When I saw this fun way to learn sight words thanks to Coffee Cups and Crayons, I knew we had to get out the light-saber to try ourselves! The next day? Hayden did fantastic on his sight word test!
Check out some of these other fun ways to learn letters and words from some of my favorite bloggers:
– Free Alphabet Printables
– Sight Word Game
Another fun thing we did recently was make some delicious cereal bars with Alpha-Bits Cereal.
Did You Know?
- Iron and zinc help to support healthy brain development
- 20g of whole grain per 30g serving*
- Excellent source of vitamin D and iron
- 12 essential vitamins and minerals
- No artificial flavors
- Contains nutrients that support healthy brain development**
The Alpha-Bits Cereal Bars are SO easy to make and Hayden really enjoyed eating them too – he would exclaim out loud when he spotted a letter!
- ¼ Cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
- 1 package (10.5 oz) of mini marshmallows
- ⅓ cup of sugar-sweetened soft drink mix
- 8 Cups of Alpha-Bits Cereal
- Optional: Alphabet Shaped cookies cutters
- Line a 13×9 inch pan with lightly greased foil.
- In a large bowl, microwave the butter on high for 45 seconds or until melted. Add the marshmallows and soft drink mix. Any flavor is fine we used fruit punch to make a pinkish color. Mix well.
- Microwave the marshmallow mixture on high for 1-1/2 minutes or until the marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended.
- Stir in the cereal and coat well.
- Press the cereal mixture firmly into the prepared pan. Cool completely.
- With the cookie cutters, cut the cereal into 12-15 squares. If you don’t have a cookie cutter you can cut the letters out by hand with a knife.
- Store in an air tight container at room temperature.
It’s even a good snack for my girls too! All 3 of my kids enjoyed it as a mid-day snack and Hayden had fun spelling out his sight words with them.
I’m excited to be sharing some information with you soon about a partnership between Alpha-Bits and the Little Free Library! For now, make sure to visit Alpha-Bits online where you can check out more recipes and crafts.
What is a fun way you have taught your children how to read?
Disclosure: I received product for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.