Posts Tagged "Games"

How Many Letters Can You Find?

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How Many Letters Can You Find?

They say practice makes perfect and that is certainly true with reading and writing. Most kids need lots of practice seeing the same words over and over again before they have them memorized. But rather than have children sit in front of a stack of flashcards, why not send them on a scavenger hunt? A letter (or sight word) scavenger hunt, that is.   First, you’ll need to download the editable tally sheet here.   If You’re Working on Letters:   On page one, type an alphabet letter at the top of the blue column and a different letter at the top of the purple column...

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Spider Word Families

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Spider Word Families

We are almost halfway through October and that means Halloween is just around the corner. So it’s the perfect time to overcome my arachnophobia and share a free printable spider game with all of you. It is a fun-filled way to help children learn word families – groups of words that share the same sound and spelling.   Getting ready to play is amazingly simple. Print out the free game from my Teachers Pay Teachers page. Then cut out all 24 spiders. (That’s a lot of goose bump-raising creepy crawlies, isn’t it?!)     Spread out the 5 word family spider...

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5 Little Pumpkins Activity Packet

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5 Little Pumpkins Activity Packet

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. The costumes, the candy, the pumpkins… I just can’t get enough. So as soon as the weather turns cooler and the leaves start to fall, my husband and I bundle our boys up and head to the pumpkin patch. From that moment on, THEY have Halloween on the brain too.   This year, I started celebrating Halloween a little earlier than usual. As the boys and I were driving through town one day last week, I began chanting the popular rhyme “Five Little Pumpkins”. (If you’re unfamiliar with it, check out the video I...

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Spin a Word Family

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Spin a Word Family

Since running across a fun Magic E spinner on Education.com several days ago, I have had spinners on my brain.  So I knew that my next game needed to include a wheel of some kind. My creation? A fun, hands-on activity I call “Spin a Word Family”.  Learning word families is a fast way to help children recognize a lot of new words quickly because they are groups of words that share the same sound and spelling. By learning the ending {-og} for instance, your child quickly understands how to read and write {dog, log, frog, fog}.   Supplies   To play the game,...

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Alphabet Soup

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Alphabet Soup

My one year old, G, has a special drawer in the kitchen filled with baby-friendly gadgets. There’s an empty bread crumb canister, plastic measuring spoons, a whisk and (his current favorite) a plastic soup ladle. G loves reaching into the drawer, pulling out the ladle and pounding it on the ground over and over again. I am always amazed by how loudly his little arms can make that ladle bang.   The other day, as I watched my little ladle drummer work his magic, I was suddenly inspired. The coveted kitchen tool could be used to make an AMAZING alphabet game. I hurried around the...

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