The ABCs of Games for Reading
When it comes to hands-on games to practice reading skills, a good mix includes Active Games, Board Games, and Card Games. (For free online games for phonics, check out this Symbaloo.) This post contains ideas for each kind of hands-on game. For more ideas, check out the Phonics Kit post.
- A. Fishing for letters (kidergartencrayons) Match on Bubble Letters (pdf) mat and cover with glass gems .
- B. ABC chutes & ladders (supersimple)
- C. ABC snap (growingkinders) or Animal alphabet (filefolderfun)
- A. magnet match (childhood101.com)
- B. Rhyming quilts (pdf from lakeshore)
- C. Syllable sort (petersons-pad)
Short Vowels (CVC words)
- A. word roll: Make letter dice from education.com. Set a timer & roll to make the most real words.
- B. nice dice short vowels
- C. 1-2-3 Flip It (thisreadingmama)
- A. Word family toss (icanteachmychild) or roll through correct plastic tube into a bucket.
- B. Word Family Treasure: Write word family endings onto the Word Family Treasure game board. Print cards with word families (flyingintolearning) to draw & match with the endings. Get extra treasure for spotting a rhyming pair. Printable treasure coins at Battle For Sight Words from Liz’s Early Learning Spot. Printable treasure chest from Mormon Share.
- C. MargD cards: Sort into piles by vowel. Spin a vowel (FCRR) & pick a card from that pile. Use an alphabet arc (FCRR) & make as many words as you can.
- A. Blend target shoot. Write two different blends with dry erase marker on Solo plastic plates. Mix pictures for the two blends (from flyingintolearning below) to draw and throw a suction cup ball to hit the correct target.
- B. Picture blend (flyingintolearning) match onto chart (thisreadingmama)
- C. Initial Blends go fish (Adrian Bruce)
Digraphs -H bros
- A. Paint stick match (thisreadingmama)
- B. Fish with a wish, bird on the wing
- C. Roll, Read and Keep: Print Digraph cards from bogglesworldesl.com and mix in BAM & SWIPE cards. (pdf)
Diphthongs (vowel teams that make new sounds)
- A. OU/OW cootie catcher (topnotchteaching)
- B. Goose on the Loose too, Dog on the lawn
- C. Gurgling Gargoyle game (Adrian Bruce)
Vowel Teams that are often long
- A. Pick & Toss – Cut 3 equal size holes in a large box or trifold presentation board. Label the holes AI, EA, & OA. Print Marshmallow Match from thebubblegumtree & cut out the word cards. Take turns drawing a card & tossing a ball or beanbag through the correct hole. 1st one to match & toss all three targets wins.
- B. Nice Dice Vowel Teams
- C. Vowel Pattern Yahtzee
- A. Fish For Sight Words (differentiatedkindgergarten)
- B. Spelling Word Game (www.childrens-books-and-reading.com) Substitute a long vowel pattern match activity instead of actions on orange squares.
- C. Sight Word Sentence Shake: cut words in columns apart and put into a bottle. Shake a word from each bottle to make a sentence.
SHORT, LONG, or BOSSY R
After learning about Silent e and Bossy R, click on the wheel below to practice the patterns! Make three columns on the top of a page, with the headings: SHORT, LONG, or BOSSY R. Take turns spinning the wheel to choose a column, then roll dice to choose a word. See who can make the longest list of words in 5 minutes.
You can also download a worksheet. It can be printed on cardstock and the words cut apart for a word sort.
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