The Super Simple Word Slider

Activity for ages 4 to 7.

As kids learn letter sounds, they can start putting those sounds together to read words. This super simple word slider is an awesome visual showing them how to do just that. It’s one of those teaching tricks you’ll never want to forget.

Simple activity to help children learn to blend letter sounds together. {Playdough to Plato}

How to Make the Slider

To make the slider, I gathered a few supplies:

  • A stack of blank index cards,
  • Markers,
  • A roll of tape,
  • And an 8 1/2 X 11 inch piece of card stock {construction paper would work well too}.

On each of the index cards, I wrote a different three-letter word. I picked the words {bus, ant, cat, rug, fat, pop, sad} but the possibilities are really endless.

Simple activity to help children learn to blend letter sounds together. {Playdough to Plato}

Then I folded the card stock to make an envelope {below} and stuck a piece of tape on one end to hold it down.

Simple activity to help children learn to blend letter sounds together. {Playdough to Plato} Once I placed an index card inside the folded card stock, I was ready to play the game. See?! I promised it was easy.

Simple activity to help children learn to blend letter sounds together. {Playdough to Plato}

Using the Word Slider

I slowly pulled the card out of the envelope one letter at a time and asked my son to sound out the letters that appeared.

Simple activity to help children learn to blend letter sounds together. {Playdough to Plato}

Once all three letters were showing, I asked him to repeat the three sounds again faster and faster until he figured out the word on the card. “Sun!” he shouted.

I took out the card and replaced it with a new one so our fun could continue. Pretty cool, huh?!

Find More

For even more blending practice, try Slide It, Say It and Sound It Out Parking Lot.



 

About Malia Hollowell

Malia is a National Board Certified elementary teacher turned stay at home mama to three young kids {4.5, 3 and 1}. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Education {go Stanford!} and spent seven years teaching in a classroom. Since starting Playdough to Plato in 2012, her ideas have been featured in Parenting Magazine, Pinterest's Top Educational Pins and Kiwi Crate.



Comments

  1. Great idea!

  2. Thank you!!!

  3. I love this idea! I am a Literacy Coach and I work with teachers who often struggle to help their students to blend sounds together to make the words they read. This activity will be very helpful. Thanks!

  4. Hooray! I’m excited to hear that the word slider is helpful, Angela. Thanks for saying “hello”.

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