Sunday, 18 August 2013

Phonics Games FREEBIES!

I love using phonics games to help kids develop their knowledge of basic letter patterns. That's why I have created lots and lots of phonics board games that do just that! I have several sets of phonics games for CVC words, silent e words, r controlled vowels and vowel digraphs.
I also have freebies that I have created for kids to play and consolidate these skills.
Three of these are brand new games that I call Word Maker Games. These games require students to join word beginning and endings to make sensible words. The links to some new games and some old favorites are listed below.

Hot Sun CVC Phonics Game Freebie

Silent e Phonics Game Freebie

 Phonics Game R Contolled Vowels Freebie ar er ir or ur

Short Vowel CVCC Board Game

Short a CVC Board Game
Short Vowel CVC Word Change Board Game

Silent e Word Change Board Game
Hope you like the games! If you want more there are several collections of similar games that you can get from TpT.
The TpT Back-To-School Sale is now on so it is a great time to stock up on games for phonics and games for math.
Remember to use the PROMO CODE BTS13 to get an extra 10% discount.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Phonics Fun With Word Change Board Games

These games would have to be one of my favorite phonics activities. You may already know that I love to challenge students and really make them think. Well the Word Change Board Games certainly do that!

These games are played as board games with players taking turns to place a letter on top of another letter in the word on the board and make a new word.
I love this activity because it really helps students to recognize common letter patterns.

Word Change Freebies

I have 2 Word Change Freebies at -
CVC Word Change Board Game
Silent e Word Change Board Game

More Word Change Games

More Silent e Word Change Board Games are also included in the


Sunday, 9 September 2012

My Favorite Freebie

When I heard about this Linky, I knew I had to join in!
Cynthia at 2ndGradePad is hosting a My Favorite Freebie Linky Pary.

My Favorite Freebie

I had to think long and hard about this but in the end it was my Word Board that I have to admit is my favorite.


It is My Favorite Because ...

I love these cute cats for many reasons - yes they are cute but they also invite so much learning to take place. And they are also versatile.
You can use them as a board game or you can project them up on a smart board and use them to play a game - try 'What's my word?', 'Word Clue' or 'How Many Words Can You Make?'

The Story Behind It

The story behind it goes back so long ago that I really can't remember when or how I started using some version of the Word Board. I think originally I would just draw out a large chart divided into 2 or 3 parts and write letters in each part. Students were then challenged to make as many words as they possibly could.
This worked really well for students who were struggling and also for early finishers. When I joined TpT as a seller, I had the chance to dress these up with cute graphics and the board game version was born!

How Do You Use It?

To use it as a board game for 2 players, you just need a set of counters. Players take turns to make a word by joining the letters in one cat to the letters in the other. Of course each word has to be a sensible word. The player who makes the last word is the winner.
It's simple but really effective (my favorite kind of game) for reviewing basic letter patterns and CVC words with Short a.

You can download this freebie along with 4 activity idea cards at
and make sure you check out the other great freebies by clicking on the image below.  


Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Phonics Fun With Silent e

I have finally finished these! I have been working on these for some time and I now have 25 colorful, fun phonics board games for teaching silent e. Have a look at some of them here.
There are 5 Rhyme with Me Games where the players compete to be the first to rhyme with all of their words.
There are 5 Word Fishing Games. The players move around the board and get to catch a fish when they land on a picture. The one who catches the last fish is the winner. 

There are also 4 Word Change games. I love games that make kids think and this one will keep them on their toes as they try to be first to use all of their letter cards to make new words.

There are 11 Word Boards that can be used as board games or used for 8 other activities. Along with the the 11 word boards, there are also 9 activity cards with suggested uses for them.
I think my favorites are the Word Change games but the kids always have heaps of fun with the Word Boards too!
This set is now available at my TPT store.

Monday, 30 July 2012

I Love Playing Around With Words!

From my first year of teaching - which was some years ago - I always loved teaching phonics and playing around with words.

Children get so much from rhyming, letter swapping, reading words lists and building word lists.

These simple posters are filled with big opportunities!


We use them for reading words with these patterns but we also have lots of fun with them.

Miming Clues

Students can mime a clue for a word and the others try to guess what the word is. Someone might mime eating off a plate for the word plate.

What's My Word?

I like to give students a clue for a word and the students have to guess what my word is. I might say, 'We do this at night.' for the word sleep.

Letter Swap

We also play letter swap where I select a word and ask students to change a letter to make a new word. I might say, 'Change the i in hit to make a new word,' and students could say hot, hut or hat.

There are lots of fun things that you can do with a list of words!

The posters above are from my Short Vowel and Long Vowel Word Work Units but you can easily make your own lists. In fact brainstorming a list of words with a particular letter pattern is another great way to play around with words.


Tuesday, 10 July 2012

I Call These Word Boards!

I call these word boards and have used these in some form for many years. I even remember making basic ones for weak students in the 6th grade some years ago.
Well this is what they look like!


What do you do with them? Anything you want. These phonics activities are really versatile and ideal for teaching or reviewing letter patterns.
They can be a board game, team game, word building exercise, class competition, homework activity, give a clue game, real or unreal game! You really can use them for anything that want and you will probably come up with many more ideas!
The 2 above are freebies at

I also have a whole set of short vowel Word Boards at

There are 18 short vowel CVC, CVCC and CCVC Word Boards in the set. It includes 9 different ideas for using the boards!



I really hope you give these a go! The kids LOVE them! Now all I need is more hours in the day so I can fianlly get around to making a Long Vowel set! :)
I'll keep you posted and let you know when I do!