Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters
and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range
of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their

These involve 2 different aspects
  • Reading
  • Writing

There are many different ways you can do to support these


Here are some activities to do together when looking at stories.(give your child time to respond)

  • Read familiar stories, pause occasionally and encourage children to read the next word
  • Create an area children can quietly read/look at books
  • Discuss the characters from the stories
  • Play games such as letter or word bingo
  • Use different voices when reading stories

Mark Making

Here are some activities to support mark making

  • Listen to what children say about their pictures
  • Encourage children to form letters
  • Give children a variety of paper, note pads, pencils, pens
  • Support motor skills for younger children.

Everyday routines

Here are some things to consider during everyday routines

  • Point out signs you may pass such as ASDA, Sainsbury, Tesco, Aldi
  • Label letters that have meaning to the child, such as letters in name
  • Demonstrate writing so that children can see spelling in action
  • Make a books with children about what they have been doing use photos and words
  • Write a shopping list for the children to use during an outing

Here are some activities Rainbow Robins do to support Literacy, which you could try some of these at home.

  • Role play –  office, cafe
  • Play-dough
  • Painting
  • Sand play
  • Flour play
  • cornflour play
  • Letter Bingo
  • Drawing
  • Making books
  • outdoor chalk
  • Making stamps
  • Reading stories