20 Literacy Activities for Kids Who Love Dogs

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20 Literacy Activities for Kids Who Love DogsAugust 26 is National Dog Day. If you have a dog, or your child wishes you did, commemorate the day with these fun dog-themed literacy activities.

  1. Play dog show. (See my pet show game for ideas!)
  2. Sing BINGO.
  3. Design a dog collar, and write your dog’s name on it.
  4. Sing Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?
  5. Read a dog story. (Great suggestions are available from our own Vicki Arnold as well as A Mom With a Lesson Plan and Boy Mama Teacher Mama.)
  6. Play Doggie Doggie Where’s Your Bone?
  7. Sing Bingo’s Doghouse.
  8. Draw a dog, then write a story about it.
  9. Write a note on dog-themed stationery.
  10. Make a card for a dog you know.
  11. Sing How Much is That Doggie in the Window? Repeat the song and put the dog in other locations, such as a basket, wagon, or stroller.
  12. Learn the names of dog breeds using illustrator Jim Harris’s flashcards set.
  13. Make a list of other words that end with -og.
  14. Read to a dog. (Some libraries sponsor regular sessions with therapy dogs. Check with your local librarian for opportunities in your area.)
  15. Download a free Dogs Preschool Pack from Homeschool Creations.
  16. Play dog literacy games at PBS Kids.
  17. Make a word cloud of things that start with D.
  18. Create a dog in a “Magic Envelope.”
  19. Read Aesop’s fable “The Dog and His Reflection.”
  20. Make a dog from the letter D.
About Katie Fitzgerald

Katie Fitzgerald holds degrees in English and library science, and has worked in small town and big city libraries, serving both children and teens. You can read her book reviews and posts about story time, picture books, and early literacy at Story Time Secrets. Also follow her blog on Facebook for kidlit quotations, story time suggestions, and interesting links.


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