ABC and 123: Play To Learn: Phonics Fun Part 2

Monday, June 14, 2010

Play To Learn: Phonics Fun Part 2

Welcome to our Play To Learn series where we’re continuing more phonics fun from last week!

Boggle Jr:

Boggle Junior: This game is wonderful for beginning readers. You can cover up the word, try to spell it, then uncover to check your work! When we first started, we left the word uncovered to help get the hang of it. Now that we’ve started reading we cover them up!


Blend Ladders:

Blend Ladders and Magnetic Letters: We use these for early reading practice. Once we learn the blends for each consonant, we use magnetic letters or dry-erase markers to put on an ending consonant and make a CVC word! Click here to Read more about how to use Blend Ladders.

Click here to download the blend ladders

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Flip Phonics:

Flip Phonics: This is a great flip phonics board. I made it using a file folder that I folded into a triangle shape, the glued and taped along the bottom. Hole punch the top 3 times, and put in a d-ring and attach the letters and voila! We see how many silly words we can make in 5 minutes (Set a timer, its more fun!)

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You can download your own copy of the Flip Phonics game from The Homeschool Highway blog.

Shaving Cream:

Shaving Cream Spelling: Grab a can of CHEAP shaving cream, spray a little on your counter and mix in some food coloring for fun and voila! You have a blank canvas great for virtually anything! We do handwriting practice, math problems, make shapes and draw pictures! (Provide a bowl of water and towel to clean hands as needed! P.S. don’t worry it cleans very easily!)


Paint Chip Phonics:

Paint Chip Phonics: I found this fun idea on The Snail's Tail. It’s a great way to practice consonants, blends, digraphs and common word families. Click here for a tutorial on making the cards.

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Word Block Phonics:

Phonic Blocks: I found this wonderful game on The Crafty Classroom and immediately LOVED it! I’m all about anything that can make learning more fun, colorful, involves paint…and a trip to the craft store ;o) I also made a word chart to use with the game, we played with a timer to see how many words he could make in 3 minutes. Click here to see how to make the blocks.

You can download the word worksheet here.


Zingo Games:

Thinkfun What's Gnu: This is a fun game for CVC word building! We also have ZINGO 1-2-3 which is the same concept, but a numbers game. And regular Zingo which is a matching game.

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Preschool Phonics:

We use Large Letter Print outs to trace, make patterns on with 1” color cubes, you can hole punch them and lace with yarn.


Magnetic Alphabet Book: I found this fun book at TJMaxx for $4.99! It is a magnetic alphabet book, and they match the letter to each picture.

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11 x 11 Pin Geoboard: We use these to make letters, numbers, shapes and designs!


Paint Bag: Simply fill a Gallon Ziplock bag with paint or shaving cream. Smooth out onto a desk and use to practice writing letters in, only NO MESS!


Letter Bead Lacing: This is a great fine-motor-skill and phonics game. Give them a card with the word written on it so they have a pattern to follow, and lace the letter beads for whatever topic you’re working on! I got these small letters at Lakeshore Learning, but you can also find square letter beads at any hobby store such as Michael’s, JoAnn’s or Hobby Lobby!


Foam Letter Builders: This is a fun way to learn your letters! I cut the pieces from foam, but we also have a set of magnetic ones. Click here to learn more and for a template download.


Those are just some of many ideas for Phonics fun! If you have more ideas to share, or would like to be included in future “Play To Learn” posts, please email me at homeschoolerconfessions {at} gmail {dot} com, we’d love to hear from you!



  1. and shaving cream is awesome for cleaning tables and the like. Gets all kinds of stray marks off.

  2. I forgot about that tip for shaving cream until you mentioned it Ticia!

    Erica, what can I say? Another GREAT round up of ideas! I love the ladders you created and I remember how much fun my class had with Boggle Jr.

  3. Praise the Lord! I have been searching for more fun ways to "hit" phonics in our school year next year, and this post fits the bill! ROCK AWESOME!!!

  4. Thanks everyone, glad you like it! We had fun :)

  5. LOVE all these ideas! I can't wait to get started with them, my daughter will be so happy. Thanks!

  6. Sadly, the Homeschool Highway is only open to invited guests, so the average teacher can't download the flip chart. I am planning to pick up paint chips the next couple of times I am at places that sell paint (if I pick them up in several trips, I figure I don't look as greedy).

  7. I would love to have a larger copy of the blend ladders. Is there any way that I can get it blown up?