I couldn’t resist that title.
I know, it’s a tad corny, but this game is super fun and you’re sure to forgive me once your kiddos fall in love with it two….errrr…um….too.
I love games that are versatile, and today I’ve created a set of game cards you can use to teach 12 different homophones all while having fun!
I’ve posted this free game on our sister site FileFolderFun.com so hop on over and grab a copy for yourself!
If you’ve been following our blog this month you’ll have noticed that we’ve been on a bit of Sight Words binge lately! That’s because I’ve got two boys, a 1st grader and a Kindergartner who are in desperate need of learning these important words.
I’m afraid I’ve been a bit neglectful by focusing so much on word families, phonics and vowel sounds that they’ve missed out on some of the other more important aspects of reading.
Earlier this week I released a Dolch Pre-Primer game for Preschoolers, and Today I’m sharing this Dolch Primer game for Kindergarteners. It’s called, “Sweet Sight Words, ” and it covers all the primer words your child need to know by the end of Kindergarten. (We also have follow up worksheets for every word here).
But before I get to that I need to tell you about our BRAND NEW Sight Word of the Week Curriculum:
Sight Word of the Week covers 40 key sight words for Preschool and Kindergarten students. Each week covers a single sight word with fun and engaging worksheets, activities, games and hands-on resources. Students put their knowledge to the test with a weekly sight word mini-book that will bridge the gap between emergent and early readers. Providing your students with a springboard to success with this ready to use program. The 40-week curriculum covers all 40 Dolch 220 Pre-Primer words and prints in the necessary order. Simply add the pages to a 3-ring binder and you are set! Suggested Age: PreK or K4 Click Here for Sample Pages
How to Play:
First print your gumball machine gameboards onto colored construction paper. I love neon cardstock for game as they are bright and engaging and much less expensive than printing in color.
Print your gumballs onto white cardstock then punch them out using a 1.5″ circle punch. Note: Investing a a circle punch is one the best purchases I’ve made for our classroom and ALL of our Punch and Play File Folder games on File Folder Fun are designed with this size punch, so you can create many of our games in a matter of seconds with this handy tool.
Each child chooses a gameboard. You’ll notice that there are special “Candy Gumballs” at the bottom of each board. This is just a little extra fun to keep your little ones engaged!
The games starts by placing all gumballs into a center jar (or coffee mug) as pictured below. You want to be sure this is not see through. Children take turns by drawing one gumball, reading the word and looking for a match on their gumball machine. If they have a match they get to keep the gumball and it’s the next players turn. If they don’t have a match they return the gumball to the center jar and it’s the next players turn. The game continues until one player has filled their entire gumball machine with matching words (candy ball included.)
You can speed up the game by allowing children to draw three gumballs instead of one. Additionally, removing gumballs that match unused gameboards will speed up game play as well. There are five separate gameboards, each with unique words so there are exactly the right amount of gumballs for all five boards. You can expand this game for more than five players by printing an additional copy of the game.
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This game is great for children who are learning basic phonics and early reading skills. Children match up letter blocks to word-ending blocks to create new words. Keeping score for each assembled word makes this a fun and engaging activity for multiple children. Find free Word Family Printables on our sister site KindergartenMom.com
1.5″Wooden Craft Blocks
Sharpie Marker or Paint Pen
- Perfect for crafts, artistic purposes, and other uses
- 1.5″ wooden cubes are made of natural, kiln-dried hardwoods
- Set of 10 packaged in a convenient zip-top bag
TIP:Shop around for your wooden blocks, there are discount craft stores that might have them much cheaper! Or consider purchasing the 1″ size blocks. They are smaller but you get 32 of them for a better price and children can still read the words without difficulty.
We are using 1.5inch wooden blocks but you can easily use smaller (see the link above). Each block has six sides so plan accordingly for how many word endings and first letters you want for your game.
Choose how many blocks you want for your game. We are using 6 word ending blocks, and 3 letter blocks.
Choose colored paints which are complementary to black marker showing through. (We also used a paint pen)
Since we have three different colors we're going to paint each color on the two sides opposite each other.
You can use a hairdryer to speed the drying process. Here is a photo of how were are painting the sides.
Using a black sharpie marker or a paint pen, write a different word ending on each face of the cube.
Write different consonants on each of the blocks. It took three blocks to get most (18) of the letters but you could do 4 blocks to get 24 of the letters.
Ready, Set, Roll a Word!
How to Play:
Have children shake the cubes and roll for their turn. Then have them arrange the blocks to make as many words as they can. As children form the words, let them add up their score. If they miss a word you can help them too!
Children can write their word on a piece of paper, this is a great way to sneak in a little extra copywork and handwriting practice.
We found these great boards at the Dollar Tree that work perfectly for a storage container.
Word Family Printables
Word Families are a group of words with the same ending. For example cat, rat, mat, hat, bat are all part of the “at” word family. Learning about word families is a key part of learning to read. Children can pick up on patterns and rhyming sounds very quickly which in turn lends to reading confidence and success.
Making words is a great way to teach phonics and spelling. In these lessons, students incorporate cutting skills, writing skills and manipulation of letters, a total work-out if you will.
There is just something so fun and simple about our Circle Punch Games
that I can’t stop making them.
Maybe it’s the fact that it’s so easy to get the game set up and ready to go…..
no more cutting of obscure shapes and bumps.
Maybe I’m just being lazy.
I don’t know, but today I put together this simple gameboard for children working on beginning blends sounds with the letter L.
You might remember that my son is ready to start pronouncing words correctly (even if I’m not.)
So I’ve made this game in hopes that he will practice, practice, practice
saying those blends as he plays.
In fact, the whole family can practice because
this game can easily be played as a multiplayer version as well.
Head on over to our sister site File Folder Fun to print and play this game too:
BTW- This game uses a 1/5″ circle punch, you can find out more here.
My kindergartner has been making so much progress with his reading! We’ve worked our way through many word families and it’s time to start getting serious about sight words. I decided to make him a simple game he can play to slowly build up his sight word reading skills in a fun way. This game features 54 different sight words from the Dolch 220 PrePrimer list and is a fantastic starting point for young children learning to read.
To play, children roll a die and move their guy, reading the word they land on as they go. There are detours, crosswalks, and other traffic related hazards along the way to the Candy Shop, making this a fun game that builds a bit on sportsmanship as well.
25 book set
We personally own and cherish these little books. I must have spent an hour in the bookstore examining all the different early reader book sets they had to offer and this series was the one that stuck out the most. Both my preschool and kindergarten aged boys love this set, we own set A, B, and C and they offer my kiddos a chance to experience success at reading which is worth it’s weight in gold. Most pages of these full-color storybooks feature just one line of simple, repetitive text to help children learn to read with ease and confidence. Click Here for Sample Pages
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Today I just wanted to take a quick second
to share something that has been working for us.
Well, here is just a QUICK little tip for how to use them.
First I simply put them back to back in a page protector,
so that my children could store them in their binders.
Then, they can pick one of their reading assignments from the day,
and go through and find two of each of the different parts of speech.
(I have them underline them in different colors and make a key at the top)
I suppose it’s pretty obvious, but I loved how simple it was,
and that by the end of the week my children didn’t need much help
looking for the different words.
(Not to mention that there is WAY LESS complaining
when my kids get even the smallest bit of choice in the matter)