Help Build Reading Skills: Checkers

Letter identification activities strengthen language and reading skills by reinforcing the sounds children need to unlock words. Adding letter identification to a traditional game of checkers will bolster these skills -- and the kids won't even know it!

What this activity will develop:
Reading and language skills

What you'll need:
• White paper
• Contact or laminating paper
• Checkerboard

Setting up:
On small squares of white paper, print the letters of the alphabet in their uppercase form. Cover the squares with clear contact paper or laminate them. Tape one letter square on each of the black squares on the checkerboard.

What to do:
Tell the children to play the game as usual, but with one new rule: Before a player may move to a new position, he or she must name the letter on that square. If the player doesn't know the letter or says the wrong name, the turn is lost and the second player takes a turn.

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