There are some great games and toys out there that are fun for kids AND help them build the skills necessary for reading and spelling. Below are some ideas for fun, literacy-building stocking stuffers, along with the skill they promote.
I Spy, Little Letters by Jean Marzollo
The creators of I Spy School Days introduce youngsters to the alphabet through easy-to-read, rhyming text and bold illustrations.
Janod 40 Letters and Numbers Blocks
Janod Kubix – 40 Letters & Numbers Blocks makes learning your letters and numbers loads of fun. Brightly colored blocks have a number or letter on each side. Included upper case and lower case. Build words while building structures – and then knock them down. Recommended for children aged 2-6 years old.
The anagram game that will drive you bananas! BANANAGRAMS is the award-winning word game that needs no pencil, paper, or board. Players race against each other to build crossword grids and use all their letter tiles first. BANANAGRAMS comes in a small portable banana-shaped pouch so is great for travel, and is perfect for everyone 7 & up.
Rory’s Story Cubes
Rory’s Story Cubes is a pocket-sized creative story generator, providing hours of imaginative play for all ages
Mad Libs the Game
Parts of Speech
All the fun and funny of Mad Libs in a fantastic new card game