Monday, April 16, 2018

7 Fun Phonics Activities

Phonics is the relationship between letters and letter combinations and the sounds they make. Phonics gives children the ability to sound out and spell new words.

In this post I will share some of my family's favorite phonics and word family activities.

Word Family Flip Cards:

On a 3x5 card write the ending sound from a word family like "at".  Leave enough room to the right to add another letter or two.

In front of the ending sound staple several 2x2 squares of paper in a stack. Staple them just at the top so the pages can be flipped up.

Write a different letter on each square of paper so that they make words with the ending sound.

Now your child can use the flip card to practice reading the words in that word family. Make more for other word families.

Word Family Books:

Reading with your children is simple and probably the best thing you can do for developing early literacy skills. Some of our favorite word family books are:

-Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

-Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

-The Usborne Phonics Readers series

-The Bob Book Word Family set

Phonics Scavenger Hunt:

Write letters or letter blends on 3x5 cards or pieces of construction paper. Then hide them around the house or yard. Have your child hunt for the cards and read the letter sound or blend as he or she finds them.

Phonics Songs:

Songs are a fun way to teach kids letter sounds. Here are a few of our favorites: 

-Phonics Song 2 from KidsTV123

-The Letter Sounds Song from KidsTV123

- Letter Sound Songs by

Word Family Brainstorm:

Pick a word family like the "at" sound family and have your child brainstorm and write as many words from that word family as they can.

Word Family Crossword Puzzle:

Make a crossword puzzle using words from a word family. You can make your own crossword puzzles for free at Instant Online Crossword Puzzle Maker.

Letter Sound Hopscotch

Go outside and draw a hopscotch court on the sidewalk or driveway with sidewalk chalk. Inside each square, draw a letter. On the double squares write a letter blend, one letter in each square. Have your child hop down the hopscotch course saying the letter sounds or letter blend sounds as he or she lands on the squares.

What are some of your favorite phonics activities?

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  1. I love the hopscotch idea. We will have to do that (when it stops raining!).

  2. Bath time- writing the letters in shaving cream while saying the sounds!

  3. These are some great ideas! I especially love the hopscotch idea...being physically and mentally active at the same time, awesome!

    1. Thanks! I have very energetic kids so we definitely try to incorporate as much physical activity into our days as we can :-)


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