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We took advantage of the fact that it’s still warm out to play a Hop on Pop game with sidewalk chalk! All you need is a copy of Hop on Pop by Dr. Suess, sidewalk chalk, and somewhere to write! You can also adapt the activity to any book you love.
After you read the book, head outside with your sidewalk chalk! Then we called out the words from the book. I did the writing for this activity because I wanted to focus on the reading and moving aspects of this activity.
- Jump to Rhymes: Your child runs to a word, and then jumps to the rhyming words
- Jump to Words: Your child hops to specific words you call out
- Jump and Read: Your child jumps to words, calling them out as they read.
In colder weather, you could play indoors writing the words on paper. You can also add in this Walk the Word game to help your child decode the words! This is one of my favorite ways to play with phonics.
This game is an adoption of our Star Wars Word Run. We still play that game, but with the Star Wars books, it’s harder to find rhymes, and many of the words are made up and hard to read (Tatooine, anyone?). So I like to play it with a book that has words my son actually knows.