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Fun phonics games and activities

1. Letter races

This game requires a magnetic board i.e fridge, magnetic letters, and a lot of space! Set up the magnetic board on one side of the room, and place the magnetic letters in a basket or bowl on the other side. Call out a sound, or a word starting or ending in a particular sound. Then ask your child (with a ready, set, go!) to pick out the correct magnetic letters and run over as fast as they can to stick it on the board.

2. I spy the sound

‘I Spy the Sound’ is a fun way to build phonics skills and phonemic awareness. In this variation of the classic game, ‘I Spy’, ask your child to spy words that begin with a certain sound, rather than a letter. For example, “I spy with my little eye, something beginning with ch.”

3. Matching rhymes

Rhymes help children understand that sounds in our language have meaning and follow certain patterns. Find a corkboard or something you can stick pins into. Write down a list of words on one side of a sheet of paper, and on the other side write down words that rhyme with these words, but in a different order. Then stick pins next to each word. Give your child some rubber bands and ask them to match the rhyming words on each side of the page by placing the rubber bands on the pins to connect the rhyming pair.

4. Phonics hopscotch

This game helps children develop their ability to match letters to their sounds. All you need for this fun phonics activity is a piece of chalk and the ground. Simply draw hopscotch markings on the ground (how many squares and in what shape they are arranged is up to you). In each square draw a letter of the alphabet (you may want to draw both the upper and lower case letters in each). There are many ways you can play this game – you can call out a letter or combination of letters and ask your child to jump on those letters, and as they do, for them to sound out each letter. Or you can ask your child to jump on the letters in alphabetical order, sounding them out as they go along. You can also roll dice and ask your child to jump to the square that matches the number rolled, counting the squares as they jump and sounding the letter out at the end.

5. Tricky word rainbow writing

Write the tricky words over and over in different coloured pens. You could do this with chalk or paintbrushes and water outside.

6.Sound hunt 

Pick a phase 2 or a phase 3 sound. Can you find any items or objects in your home that has that sound in. Can your child write a list of the items/objects?  Can your child write a sentence about what you found?

7. Beat the clock

Use the phase 2 and phase 3 words and choose about 10. Write those words out. The aim is your reads all of the words in a set amount of time. At school, we usually have 2 minutes to read 10 words! Remember to read all of the sounds in the words then blend them together - j a m jam.