Fun ideas: age 7-9

Your child will now be reading independently and for a wider range of purposes, but it’s still useful to play language games of all kinds. Here are some that are fun and easy which will help with your child’s developing reading skills, spelling and writing – and they won’t even realise!

Top ten games and activities:

1. Word games

  • Try alphabetical games such as 'The Philosopher’s Cat is ... an angry cat, a beautiful cat', and so on, to expand vocabulary.
  • Have fun with riddles – make them up and enjoy discovering different meanings for the same word.
  • Make your own versions of well-known rhymes to help your child to hear patterns in words.

2. Board games

  • Play Junior Trivial Pursuit which requires lots of reading and develops general knowledge at the same time.
  • Play games where your child must use the powers of deduction to work out a journey or solve a crime, e.g. Cluedo. There are many on-line versions too.
  • Code-cracking games like Mastermind are really useful for helping your child to think logically.

3. Screen games

  • Brain-training games are useful for developing a wide range of skills that are useful for reading and writing too.
  • Search for on-line code-cracking games.
  • There are plenty of commercially available adventure problem-solving games that demand creative thought and talk to succeed. Try, Roomscape.

4. Make a game of it

  • Get your child to make and keep a diary or calendar to encourage them to begin to take responsibility for their own organisation and activities.
  • Get your child involved in planning a party. They can suggest a theme, who to invite, food, invitations and so on.
  • Setting up a pin board or magnetic board for display, messages, postcards, certificates, reminders and other memorabilia in your child’s bedroom is a great way to be creative about being organised and writing messages.

5. Action games

  • Play paper and pencil games such as Call My Bluff and Categories.
  • Reading around a hobby or a creative project can be fun, e.g. gardening, cookery or a craft activity.
  • Many places to visit in the school holidays have quizzes or treasure hunts organised so make sure you take full advantage of these.

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