The English language is based on an alphabetic code that children must learn to unlock to be able to read. Understanding that words are made up of sounds and those sounds can be represented by one or more letters is a basic building block of essential phonics skills.
Multi-sensory phonics activities that help kids practice building words together go a long way to strengthening decoding skills and supporting automatic word recognition. Check out these six fun ways to practice word building with kids!
1. Really Great Reading Free Letter Tile Board
Visit Really Great Reading line to access a free online letter title board. Available in your web browser, the free tile board can be used on most digital devices and even offers digraph combinations and colors for added support.
2. Post-it notes!
Keep it simple with small sticky notes, markers, and a manila folder! Write consonants in one color and vowels in another so they stand out.
This super multi-sensory activity takes play-doh fun to the next level. Roll out dough, create letters, then smash them all together and start again!
4. Toy Blocks
Legos and blocks aren't just for building bridges, castles, and toy cities - they can also be used to practice building WORDS! Give your kid's toys double duty with a little phonics flare.
5. Clothespins & Popsicle Sticks
We love this word build idea from Parents Homework Hub! A few popsicle sticks and some clothespins can go a long way to helping kids strengthen their fine motor skills and practice building words and reading. Check out Parents Homework Hub for supply lists and instructions for creating this word build activity.
6. Magnet Letters (and Nonsense Words!)
Kids practice phonics skills with real words and nonsense words that follow decoding principles. Magnet letters are fantastic because they can be used on magnet boards, refrigerators, magnetic baking sheets, you name it!
How does your child like to practice word building? Leave a comment below to let us know!
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