Spread the word cards out face down. Pick 3 cards and turn them face up, say the words as they are turned up. Now try and make up a silly sentence that includes all 3 words on the cards.
Shout out loud
Spread the word cards out face down. Take it in turns to turn over one card at a time. The first person to shout the word out loud wins the card. Keep going until all the cards have been won. You can play this with silly voices. Before you turn over a card you have to decide what sort of voice you have to use to say the word e.g. whisper the word, say it like a gorilla, roar it like a lion, squeak it like a mouse.
Hunt the words
Hide a number of them around a room (your child must not look). The child has to find the cards and bring them back to you saying the words they find as they find them.
Spread a number of cards over the floor. Ask your children to jump from one word to another as if they are jumping from stepping stone to stepping stone. As they jump they have to say what word they are going to jump to next. Make sure they say the word before they jump!
Slap the word
Use one set of word cards. Spread a number of cards out on a table or the floor. Ask someone to say one of the words. Whoever is first to slap the word with their hand (or the back of a spoon) wins the word.
I’m thinking of a word
Spread a number of cards out. You pick a word but don’t tell your child which word you are thinking of. Say “I’m thinking of a word, the word begins with…..” The child has to guess what the word might be from the ones spread out. If they guess correctly they can keep the card. If they can’t guess then give them another clue “ I’m thinking of a word that has ……sounds” or “…..ends with…..” or “….has the word ant in it.” Keep giving clues until they guess the word.
Games to help children write the words
Some useful steps in learning to spell words
1. Select a number of cards (not too many at a time). Say the word
2. If the word can be split into its sounds, say the word in a ‘robot
3. Look at the word trace over the letters with your finger
4. Copy the word and say the letters or sounds as you write it. Copy it
5. Cover the word and try and write the word saying it as you write –
peep if you need to!
6. Check the word you have written matches the word on the card and
say it again as you check.
7. Keep writing the word until you can write it without having to peep.
8. For words that are tricky and that it is not as easy to learn take an imaginary picture of the word with your imaginary camera – imagine the word is big, coloured red, lit up by fireworks, has spiders crawling on it. Shut you eyes and try and picture the word. Try and write it down imagining the picture of the word you see in your head.
Play the game in the same way that you would to help your child read the words but this time have a large piece of paper and a pen in the middle of the table. When the words match rather than saying the word to win the cards you have to grab the pen and write the word to win the cards.
Play the game in the same way that you would to help your child read the words but this time have a large piece of paper and a pen in the middle of the table. If you find a pair you can only keep the pair if you can write the word. Give time to look at the word and talk through ways to remember it and then write the word to keep the pair. If they/you get it wrong (and sometimes it is a good idea if you get it wrong – they love correcting you) give another chance making sure you help as much as you can as they are trying to remember the word and as they write.