Your child will practice reading common words by tossing crumpled paper into a trash can.
Before you play, find or create a small trash can and place it in an open area. Select four to eight different words from the word lists in Tips. Cut a sheet of paper into four pieces. If you are using eight words, cut the second piece of paper into four pieces. Write each word on a different piece of paper and crumple it lightly. Scatter the crumpled words on the floor about five feet from the trash can.
Explain to your child that they will go to a piece of crumpled paper, uncrumple it, and read the word. If they read the word correctly, they crumple the paper and try to throw it into the trash can from the spot they found it. If the paper goes into the can, they get to go to another piece of paper and repeat the steps. If they miss, they go to the spot where the paper landed and repeat the steps: uncrumple it, look at and read the word, crumple the paper, and try to throw it into the can again. Repeat until the paper goes into the can. If they miss after three tries, allow your child to make a slam dunk to put the paper into the can.
If your child says the wrong word or cannot read the word, tell them the word and have them read the word as they look at it. Next, they crumple it, drop it back to the floor, and go to a different word. Come back to the missed word later.
Keep playing until your child successfully throws all of the crumpled words into the bin. You can repeat this game with new sets of word cards or keep using any words your child may have missed on the first try.