Word Family Activity: Learn to Read Strips

We love resources that help our children learn, especially if they are essentially free!   Here is a learn-word-families, DIY resource: Sliding word cards.   We aren’t quite at the reading stage where they are useful, my daughter is still on three letter words but we are trying to transition into blending consonants.   I know she loves manipulatives like our learn-to-read cootie catcher and I am hoping that these new sliding words might help engage her mind as her hands are occupied making new words.

word families activity

These Word   were super easy to make.   These sliding word cards were inspired by the blogs, Preschool Playbook and The Snail’s Trail.   Both of them have different types of word cards – they both write part of the word on the back and use the slide to change one or two of the letters, I wanted to make something where all of the letters are moveable, and where they “fit” together.   We took the idea of using paint chip cards from Momma Snail, and and then adapted from there.

word families activity

What you will need to make your own Word Slides:

  • Thin and long paint chips and larger paint sample pages.
  • Razor Blades (to cut the slits for the letter slides)
  • Cutting board
  • Permanent marker

Making the Slides in this Learn to Read resource:

I wanted the letter slides to have common beginnings and endings.   We make our beginning blends blue, our endings green, our vowels yellow and random consonants red and purple.   This makes it easy for me to find what I am looking for without a whole lot of digging.

The beginning blends used the letters: f, t, s, p, b, c, g.     The second blue slide had the letters: l, h, r.   With these cards we can now make the blends: fl, br, cl, gl, sl, pl, th, ch, sh, ph, br, cr, gr, fr, tr, pr.


The ending blends were: st, er, nt, ll, ck, ed, ly, ng.     These encompassed the majority of endings to words.


There were also two colors of random consonants to make any blend groups that I missed.


What are your favorite resources to help your child learn to read?


  1. April: Modern-Mama says:

    What a creative idea! We aren’t quite at that point yet, but I will definitely keep this in mind. I’m wondering if I can make this work for some other things we are working on in the meantime. I plan to share this on my blog.
    .-= April: Modern-Mama´s last blog ..Pattern in Process =-.

  2. OMG…I love this! I’ve done something similar before but this is totally better! I am a first grade teacher and this will come in so handy (a long with in a few years for my own kiddos 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by my blog from UBP2010! Can’t wait to check out your blog a little more!
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Mommy & Me Monday =-.

  3. Great ideas! I wonder if I can assemble something like this?

  4. I saw on blog frog that you needed someone to guess post. i have made playdough and lemonade and just recently (will post this weekend) we made borax crystals. You are more than welcome to use them. If you want to give me other ideas I would love to do it.
    .-= pam´s last blog ..Mamarazzi Monday =-.

  5. Great idea for learning blends and words.

    Right now in her P4 class Emmy is using the ABeka books, and I really like how they do the blends. They have worked their way up from learning the sounds of all the vowels first. Then they start on the blend ladders and by learning a consonant and then blending that consonant with the vowels. Learning special sounds and then moving on to words. This worked good for my son, he never wanted to sit down and practice so he’s always been just an ok reader in his school. 😉 I hope to get Emmy to love reading like I do, and so far it seems to be working she’s getting her readers off the book shelf on her own with no prompting from me to practice. 😉

  6. This is brilliant! I’m going to bookmark this post and link back to it on my blog sometime this week – this is a great teacher tip and I love that the paint samples are free!!
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Modern day miracles =-.

  7. This is a great idea and I can see you have lots more good ideas for children’s activities! Thanks for calling by at my blog for the UBP and I shall enjoy looking round your blog. 🙂
    .-= sunnymama´s last blog ..Spring, a bonfire and a blog party =-.

  8. These are amazing! Thanks for stopping by my blog! UBP is so much fun! penniesandthoughts.blogspot.com

  9. Katherine marie says:

    So incredible!!!!

  10. I’ve created this before for my kids, but yours is definitely better and more colorful.

  11. Thank you for sharing this idea. I blogged about it too!

  12. As an ESE Inclusion teacher, this is a great idea not only for those student with learning disabilities, but also my second language learners.

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  14. ohhh its such a luvly idea ill dfntly do this fr my class..ThnkU fr sharing it !!

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