Turn your magnet blocks into a fun and easy preschool reading activity with this idea from Julie!
My kids love their magnet blocks. I’m constantly looking for new ways to use this toy in other creative learning play.
We recently gave our magnet blocks a makeover! We had so much fun building and reading words with our new “reading blocks.”
How to Make Your Own DIY Preschool Reading Activity with Magnet Blocks
I love how easy and fun this preschool reading activity was to create. It took minutes to set up!
Plus, it is a huge hit in our house. We’ve had tons of early reading fun with our magnet blocks.
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To make your own DIY magnet block preschool reading activity:
- magnet blocks
- permanent markers
- metal baking sheet
Create letter blocks with your magnet blocks:
This simple beginning reading activity was so easy to set up! I used a permanent marker to write lowercase letters on the front and back of a few of our magnet blocks.
Pro Tip: It’s a great idea to get plenty of practice reading lowercase letters instead of just capitals. Most print that kids will read will be lowercase, so this helps build familiarity and fluency!
If you don’t want to permanently write on your magnet blocks, dry erase marker would work just fine, too!
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Simple Preschool Reading Activity with Magnet Blocks
Here are a few different strategies to try with this activity:
Build a Word:
Choose a word (CVC or consonant-vowel-consonant for beginning readers). Ask your child to spell the word with the magnetic blocks.
Say the letter sounds slowly and help them identify one sound and matching letter at a time.
Example: “Let’s build and read a word together. We’ll start with the word ‘box.’ First, let’s hear the sounds.
What letter makes the ‘buh’ sound? B? Good, now find the B block and put in on the baking sheet.”
Continue with the middle and ending sounds, then sound out the word altogether.
Build a Rhyme:
Once your child has mastered a word, try removing the beginning letter.
Practice reading just the remaining word segment, -ox. Ask your child to create a rhyming word by replacing just the first letter of the word.
Example: “I see you can read box. Great job! Let’s take away that ‘b’ and put another letter in front.
What letter would you add to make the word fox?”
Build a Bigger Word:
For kids that are a bit more advanced, they may be ready to tackle long vowel sounds.
Show your child how to fly in a “magic e” on to the end of your word. Demonstrate how the “magic ” makes the vowel say its name!
I like to explain that the “magic e” is so kind and caring that he gives his magical voice to the vowel in the middle, so he is silent.
Example: “Let’s build the word ‘hop.’ Now we’re going to try a ‘magic e’ on the end. Fly it in! Watch this, now the ‘o’ will say his name. Hope!”
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If you want to add another layer of meaning and aid in memory, just have your child act out the word after he reads it!
Make a hand signal for box. Race across the floor like a cat or fox. Have fun with it!
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This preschool reading activity is simple and fun. I love that we can use these magnetic letter blocks over and over again as my son becomes a reader!