Early Literacy Skills Overview, Reading Skills Overview, Narrative Skills/Oral Language, For the Home/Family

Literacy Activities Talking Reading Creating

This webpage details many different activities you can do with your child to help their literacy development. It groups the activities in talking and singing activities, reading activities, and drawing and writing activities for both babies, toddlers, and preschoolers and school-age children.
Literacy Activities Talking Reading Creating
Raising Children Network
October 15, 2022
Literacy Activities Talking Reading Creating
Literacy Activities Talking Reading Creating


  • Literacy activities can be quick, everyday opportunities for your child to develop a strong foundation for many aspects of life, including performance in schools, socialization with peers, problem-solving, decision-making, etc.

Literacy activities for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers:

  • Talking and singing activities - helps your child develop listening and speaking skills
  • Use rhyme whenever you can.
  • Repeat sounds your child makes and ask them to repeat the ones you make
  • Try to engage your child in conversation whenever possible.
  • Reading and book-based activities - develops your child’s vocabulary, ability to listen and understand, and ability to connect sounds and words
  • Interact with the book. Encourage your child to turn the pages and talk about what they see, ask questions about the text, etc.
  • Connect the book to real life.
  • Drawing and literacy activities - develops your child’s fine motor skills and helps them understand that writing and pictures have meanings
  • Encourage your child to scribble and draw.
  • Help your child practice writing letters.
  • Incorporate other mediums, such as playdough, blocks, magnetic letters, etc.
  • Help your child practice cutting and drawing.
  • Ask your child to explain their drawings.

Literacy activities for school-age children:

  • Talking activities:
  • Play word games that encourage your child to learn sounds, such as “I Spy” with sounds.
  • Ask your child about rhymes and sound/sound combinations.
  • Talk about the past and the future.
  • Give your child simple instructions to follow, and have them repeat them back to you.
  • Reading and book-based activities:
  • Read and talk about stories.
  • Take turns reading.
  • Ask your child to make a storybook.
  • Involve reading everywhere you go. Ask your child to read billboards, street signs, etc.
  • Drawing and writing literacy activities:
  • Scramble letters and have your child determine which ones are real words.
  • Have your child play with alphabet letter magnets.
  • Have your child write shopping lists and restaurant menus.


Original Sources:
Raising Children Network, "Literacy activities for children": https://raisingchildren.net.au/preschoolers/play-learning/literacy-reading-stories/literacy-activities

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