{How to Read} Our Favorite Phonics Activities

We are in the midst of teaching two of our kids how to read. With the use of phonics activities, our son is forming words, slowly and surely, while my daughter is eagerly sounding out her letters. It is so much fun to experience their excitement for words!  We at Kids Activities Blog hope that some of these great ideas will help you share some of this excitement for words with your own kids.
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Phonics Activities

Make a phonics flip-chart to help your child sound out words.  We have one with three and four letter words.  They are great to help establish confidence in sounding out words.

Use pull-out strips to help kids sound out words.  As they pull the paper more of the word is revealed for them to sound it out.

Get clever.  Use manipulatives that match the sounds.  This teacher used Fry boxes – for practice of long I words.

Be physical and get moving in this phonics game!  Fill your driveway with chalk letters and have your kids jump to the letter that makes the sound you are saying.

Phonics phones – made from PVC pipe – they help your kids hear the words they are reading:

This Kids Activity is cute.  Go bowling for phonics – when they knock down a pin (aka soda bottle), they say the word.

How to use a slinky or a flyswatter to help your child sound out words.  Great ideas for a classroom.

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Play with word families.  Replace the first letter of a word with common endings.

10 Word games for kids – Love this list from No Time for Flashcards.  It includes a Rhyming Word Families Tree.   Make a tree and have each branch be a type of word.

Have leftover Easter Eggs.  We do.  Practice word families by turning the halves of the eggs to form new words.

Go on a letter hunt.  This is especially fun for the younger learners.  Have them cross off (or fold in the case of this post) the letters down as they find them.

Here is a free printable word slides to help your child learn new word families.

And everything is more fun when you sing!!  Just ask Mary Poppins.  Here is a silly sounds of the alphabet to a song that my kids enjoy.


How have you helped your child learn to read?

More Kids Activities

Learning how to read is a major accomplishment in a child’s education.  Hopefully these phonics activities will make learning a little more fun.  Take a moment and look over these other reading-related kids activities:

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An original "Quirky Momma" blogger and "Mommy" to six kids under six, when Rachel is not wiping crayon off the walls or wading through laundry, she can be found exploring and creating with her kiddos. She hopes to be someone who acts justly, loves kindness and walks humbly before God (Micah 6:8).