5 years old

Robot Reading Buddy


Learning to read is so much fun and we love to find ways to make it even more fun to get Ethan to the next level.  One of the techniques that he loves to do for sounding out words is 'robot arms'.  

Ethan breaks the word down into sounds and moves his arms like a robot, up and down for each sound.  Then he says the word and claps his hands.  It's a really effective technique to get kids physically moving and learning the words with their whole bodies.  Here's Ethan showing us how it's done:

It inspired us to make a little robot reading buddy for Ethan to use while he reads.  We made it by using a popsicle / lolly stick and assorted colours of foam sheets.  We cut the sheets into a square shape for the robot's head, a rectangle for the mouth, small squares for the eyes and a triangle for the pointer on its head.  We glued all of the pieces together and left it to dry before starting our reading practice.

Now Ethan can use his reading buddy while he's reading books to follow along with the words as well as with individual words to sound them out.  It helps to keep his spot as well as reminding him to use his robot arms for tricky words to sound them out.  His reading is coming on fantastically well but we've reached a bit of a plateau with some of the digraphs and tougher sounds and this has really given him a boost.

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This post is part of a kids' activities blog hop of super fun robot activities, check them out:

Name Puzzle Robot // Still Playing School
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Robot Preposition Posters // Liz's Early Learning Spot
Free Robot Bingo // Powerful Mothering
Robot Sums of Ten Puzzles // The Kindergarten Connection
Counting with Robots // Teach Me Mommy
Robot Subtraction Cards // The STEM Laboratory
Robot Coverall Game // Recipe for Teaching
Robot CVC Word Puzzles // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Robot Reading Buddy // Play and Learn Every Day
Robot Beginning Digraph Puzzles // Letters of Literacy
Robot Digraph Scratch // Adventures and Play
Robot Rhyming Mats // Fairy Poppins
Robot Addition Cards // Playdough to Plato
Robot Pattern Task Box Activities // My Creative Inclusion
Robot Beginning Sound Match // Sara J. Creations

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