It brings me so much joy to sit with my daughter and listen to her sound out words. I just get so excited as she builds her phonics knowledge and exercises those skills! As Easter draws closer, I created a game that uses the plastic eggs we have so many of around the house.
Lizzie loved this game! It took up the majority of our afternoon because she kept asking me to play it again and again. Since it made her excited to read, I didn’t mind it one bit!
- Write letter combinations and vowels on a piece of paper.
- Allow the child to cut out each combination/vowel. (This helps with fine motor skills)
- Place one letter combination/vowel in each egg.
- Hide the eggs.
- Allow the child to find each egg.
- Grab two or three eggs from the bag and open them up together.
- Take the slips of paper and place them together.
- Sound out the word.
This is where it became so funny! We could barely read the words, we were laughing so much. Lizzie might find pieces of paper like “st-a-pl” and try to read it. Laughing, she announced, “that is not a word!” Then she would grab for some more eggs and try to find letters that spelled actual words.
You can even be more creative if you want! Tape your made up words to a piece of paper and create a story using the silly words.
It might sound something like this:
“One day, the sab little bear walked in the stip. What he really wanted to do was crom some fruit. When he tried to find fruit, he found a shud! He was so excited!”
This becomes sort of like mad-libs, and the hilarity and laughter is priceless!