Ive taught N to read using flashcards since he was 5 months old. By about 10months he was able to show that he could read.
Now, i stopped the flashcards but designed some activities (oh well copied from Montessori) to reinforce the words he learnt. I took out some old flashcards (on animals) and displayed them on the coffee table. I gave him his animal toys and got him to match the animals to the respective word cards. He loves this game!
Other than animal word cards, i sometimes would whip out world flags picture cards and have him match the world flag its respective word cards. Oh and not forgetting Mandarin words as well! In the below picture, i got him to match the colored lego to the Mandarin word cards.