|From I Teach Kinder|
Another solo cup option is to layer two together…word family on top cup with a notched out part to the left of it. Beginning sounds go on the inside cup to build rhyming words.
This cute activity would be an easy one to make. All you need is a sharpie, ping-pong balls and the egg carton. When you’re finished making words, just close the lid for storage. I can see this being a great game to play too if you have a discard bag with all the extra ping-pong balls in. Kids pull out random balls, make words with the letters needed for points, put them back into the bag for the next player. Can’t make a word?? Well, then you forfeit your turn and draw one next time. (or whatever rules you find works).
The next option is great for repurposing those Legos or Duplo blocks you have lying around. One tip…have all vowels the same color so that patterns sink in. Notice that the picture shows cemented sounds on one block (ck, ee, sh, th). Want to make a game of it? See if you can make words in other directions too.
The picture on the right is of a word slider. Kids need help sometimes with blending sounds to make word. By simply wrapping word cards with a cardstock “envelope”, you can practice blending.
In this picture, you’ve got a few recycle options…
Plastic eggs can be used long after Easter with the help of a few adhesive letters or a sharpie. The word family goes on one part of the egg and the beginning sounds on the other. That same idea is demonstrated with the toilet paper rolls. Who knew??
Kids love playdough, and I think this is a fun way to practice sightwords and word building.
Connect Four just got a new use. Kids love that game, and what a fun challenge it would be to see how many words you can make (in more than one direction).
Got paint chip samples? There are a bazillion ways to use them in education. Just type in paint chip DIY ideas, and I am sure you’ll have a full page of things you can make and do with them. This is one of my favorites.
For additional word building ideas, you can visit my Word Study Pinterest board. It includes all of these ideas and more.