Phonics and Art Blend
With a little preparation and some common household items, you and your child can make some homemade phonics games. For the most basic, you will need an egg carton, some circular stickers and a penny. Write the sounds that you want to review with your child on the stickers. You will want to prepare twelve stickers. Then have him place the stickers in the egg carton, one in each space. Place the penny in the carton and close it. Your child should then shake the carton for a few seconds and then open it. The sound that the penny lands on is the sound he will have to make. Then ask him to give a word that uses that sound. Play until you have reviewed all the sounds.
A more challenging game is just as simple to create. You will need a stack of paper cups and a marker. Write five vowel sounds that your child knows and fifteen consonant sounds each on the bottom of one cup. Using three cups, make a word that starts and ends with one of the consonants you have written. Challenge your child to make a new word by stacking one or two cups on top of the existing cups. For example, if you use the letters h, a and t to make the word hat, your child may stack a p on the h and an i on the a to make the word pin. Keep going until all the cups are used or until your child cannot make any new words.
A final fun phonics game is only a few pages of construction paper away. Cut out two sets of circles about four inches around from both tan and brown construction paper. You may want to trace the bottom of a can and then allow your child to cut out some of the circles. On each tan circle, write a simple word your child has seen. On the brown circles, write the vowel sounds that are in those simple words. Then glue the tan word circle to the brown sound circle. You should have pairs like cat/short a, bed/short e, pig/short i, sun/short u. These are your phonics pancakes. Give your child a frying pan and a spatula and put two or three pancakes in the pan, brown side down. Ask your child to read a word and then name the vowel sound that it contains. After she names the vowel sound, have her flip the pancake and check her answer. After a few turns under your supervision, she can play by herself. Your child will have fun playing this game on her own and checking her answers independently. You can make additional pancakes as your child learns new words. If you have more than one child learning phonics, have them take turns.