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Ziggy Giveaway!Let the games begin!

Adventures in Reading with the Zigzag Zebra is here!

We’ve heard More Ziggy, please! on a daily basis, so I’m excited to share this beautiful book with you!  This is a supplement to Level 1 of the All About Reading series, and it’s a fun way to provide additional practice for your beginning reader.


Here is the “Blast Off with Ziggy” game from the book. You simply remove the perforated game pages and paste them into your own file folder.

To play, choose your game piece.

If you need an extra player, Ziggy is always a willing participant. The Zigzag Zebra is already a familiar face to users of our pre-reading program, but if you’re just meeting Ziggy for the first time, you’ll soon discover that he is a young zebra who is learning to read right along with your student. He is a supportive friend for beginning readers, and he likes to have a good time as he learns. And if you don’t own our plush Ziggy puppet, don’t despair! We’ve included a paper Ziggy in the book, and you can paste his likeness onto a file folder and prop him up to play along.

When you are done playing, store the instructions and game pieces in the front pocket that is included in the book.

It’s pretty cool: Ziggy travels to each continent and practices his reading skills. Here he is teaching sheep in New Zealand how to read.

And here Ziggy goes to the beach in Cape Town, South Africa.

Other destinations include Paris, a Caribbean island, Mongolia, and the South Pole. The book includes a map so your child can keep track of the places visited.

You can store your reading games in a file drawer, between two bookends on a book shelf, or in a plastic storage bin. Your kids will want to take them out again and again!

Have you ever used games and reading activities to motivate or teach your beginning reader? Please share in the comments below! We can all learn from each other!

About Marie Rippel

Marie Rippel, curriculum developer of the award-winning All About Reading and All About Spelling programs, is known for taking the struggle out of both teaching and learning. Marie is an Orton-Gillingham practitioner, sought-after speaker, and member of the International Dyslexia Association. When not writing or teaching, Marie can be found riding her Icelandic horses.


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  1. Lesley C. says:

    We got the zebra puppet now… and I put together the first few games of the book. I plan on using this for all of our children and we are starting on the first of at least four. Just to make sure that everything will last through continuous use, I laminated all of the part and pieces before attaching them to the folder. My kids caught me putting the games together and already saw the puppet… They can’t wait to get started!!!! Thanks!!!

  2. Fun! we love file folder games!

  3. Jennifer says:

    This looks so fun! I’m wondering if my almost 4 year old and 5 year old would be interested in doing this. The 5 year old is off to a great start in reading but I think the 4 year old is going to be a little slower gaining interest in reading!

  4. Stephanie Swalwell says:

    My son (6) enjoys Ziggy much more than I expected. Thank you.

  5. Dianna Thomas says:

    I can not tell you how much I have enjoyed your site– I have a very hard time moving on– This is just what my Jess needs– Thank you

  6. Sheramy says:

    My 5yo learned to read by us playing games. We use games all the time to reinforce language skills (in the car, at home, at the store). I have found that turning anything into a game is the best way to motivate my boys!

  7. Rachel L. says:

    I was looking at this on the website. Looks very cute. We may need to get this one!

  8. Rebecca Schafer says:

    This looks like it would be fun!

  9. Karen C. says:

    Can’t wait to start using All About Spelling!!

  10. Sage H. says:

    This book and game sounds like an amazing way to help children learn to read. I am looking forward to using ALL of your programs, and adding this book as a fun way to encourage reading!

  11. Heather Cook says:

    My twins are so looking forward to starting AAR this fall :)

  12. Games are so much fun for learning to read – my four year old begs to play them! Your products have a great visual appeal!

  13. Nathalie Balduck says:

    I use BINGO games, LOTTO games and connect 4 games. This last game is a grid with at least 5 rows and 5 columns of words. The child picks a word, reads it (!) and then crosses it out. Then it’s the other player’s turn to do the same. The first child to have 4 words in a row, wins. The children LOVE it. And I do to, because the revise all their words.

  14. I find that games is the best way to teach! Luckily I have 2 boys very close in age and do the majority of their school together, so finding ways to incorporate games into AAS is rather easy. We started using AAS before Ziggy came out, I’m thinking it would be fun to get him for my younger girls!

  15. Catherine Nifong says:

    My 4 1/2 year old LOVES these games with Ziggy! She is honestly learning so much and enjoying it- its just such a pleasure to watch her learn. Even her 2 year old brother gets excited when we pull Ziggy out!

  16. Dana Irwin says:

    I haven’t seen these reading games before. How cool!

  17. Love our Ziggy, and AAR!

  18. melissa says:

    i think we’ll add Ziggy over the summer! Looks like a fun way to keep my youngest interested:)

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