Phonics Kit

This is a kit for tutoring reading with some great resources for learning phonics skills. Many of these are provided free for personal or classroom use by the websites in the links. Everything you need to make your own kit with lots of hands-on activities is here. When I haven’t been able to find a resource online, in some cases I have created my own. Links for these are found at the end of this post. This Phonics Kit is designed to be as portable and as inexpensive to create as possible. A magnet board and magnetic letters are a great addition for practicing words.

You may also want to check out 10 Steps to Reading, which includes links to my favorite free online resources for learning phonics. There is a downloadable pdf version.

Each post below includes videos, printable games, and online games to learn the concept as well. Many online games require Flash and may not work well on some tablets and smartphones. It can be helpful to download the Puffin browser. They are collected in one place here at Symbaloo.


  • Plastic pronged folders with pockets. You can find these about anywhere for around .50 each.
  • Sheet protectors
  • Card stock for printing some of the activities
  • Plastic zip-lock bags from the hobby area, 2″x3″…these are great for holding the sort cards. I simply used a hole punch and added them onto the prongs of the folders.
  • Sterlite plastic file bin & hanging folders

The materials are designed to practice spotting different patterns. There are lots of sorts to do, games to play, and things to read. For the sorts, you can use containers like Athenos feta cheese or these hardware containers. Add frog eyes from tes, and use name tag holders as pockets to simply change the printable business cards for sorts  for the sort you are working on.

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For a portable kit, pockets can be made from 10.5 oz candy packages, which fold flat for transporting, but stand up for sorts. I taped a file cabinet graphic on the front of mine and attached name tag holders. It was such a sacrifice to eat all that candy, but anything for the cause of literacy!

Follow the Sequence for teaching reading from First Grade Garden

Create a folder for each of the topics below:

Phonics Basics (Find the resources for this below. They can go into a student folder as well as in front of the file box)

Phonological and Phonemic Awareness


Short Vowels

Word Families

Long Vowels – Silent e

Vowel Teams

Vowel Teams with (mostly) new sounds – Diphthongs

Bossy R

H Brothers – Digraphs

Syllables : Open & Closed | Consonant -le

English is Weird: Schwa & Sight Words

Letters With More Than One Sound – Consonants, Tricky Y, and Vowels


26 letters amaze and astound! They make 44 sounds when they move around!

A Chart of the 44 sounds on one page with pictures from (pdf)

Vowel patterns with pictures on one page from thisreadingmama.

Phonics Cue Card from maketaketeach

Short and Long Vowel Chart from First Grade Wow

A simple one page alphabet from making words from Teacher Bits and Bobs



The Super Tutor Tools Store at Teachers Pay Teachers has many resources I’ve created for tutoring reading. Most have a small charge, but there are a few freebies there too.

For even more resources, check out:

Reading board at Pinterest

Youtube Reading playlist

Symbaloo of Free Online Games for phonics skills, plus more from Galactic Phonics. The Puffin browser can be helpful for games that use Flash.

Symbaloo of websites to practice reading online

Links at Fun Online Games to Practice Reading Skills

This Phonics Kit will equip you with the tools you need to practice reading skills.


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