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Ready to Read Early Literacy Tip 5- Playing

Posted 06/02/21 by Ready to Read

Who doesn’t love to play? Play is a beneficial early literacy practice that will make you want to put your work away and engage in this important educational task with your child. When children play, they use their imaginations to make up stories, use new vocabulary, and explore the world around them.  These elements come together to create a good reader, able to understand books and stories.  

With so much technology nowadays, children don’t often get the chance to get down on the floor with cardboard boxes, pots and pans, letting their imaginations run.  Yet not all technology is bad!  We know that technology used during playtime can build great vocabulary and background knowledge, important predictors of good reading skills. Remember, it’s best when you can sit down with your child and discuss what is happening on a screen.  It’s all about balance and all about having fun!   

Let your imagination run as you read these playful books!

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Cover of Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

eBook   |   hoopla
Cover of Nino Wrestles the World

Nino Wrestles the World

eBook   |   eAudiobook   |   hoopla
Cover of Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

DVD   |   eAudiobook   |   eMovie   |   BookFlix
Cover of Press Here

Press Here

Cover of Look What I Can Do!

Look What I Can Do!

Cover of From Head to Toe

From Head to Toe

Cover of Bringing the Outside In

Bringing the Outside In

Cover of My Rainy Day Rocketship

My Rainy Day Rocketship


To learn more about all the ways that play can benefit children from birth to preschool, please contact the Ready to Read Team. We offer a 30-minute early literacy training full of tips, tools, and tricks to help your child on the path to reading! 

Interested in a different topic for your child?  Complete our teacher collection request form or contact any location for help.