Teaching Reading - Active Phonics Game

I love active phonics games for teaching kids how to read. While playing this simple game with my five year old, my eight and ten year old and their friend came over to join in the fun.

Spell a simple three letter word with plastic letters on the floor.
Then do some sort of activity associated with the word.

Run - Run around the room.

Frog - Hop like frogs. What is my son doing?????

You could also try
HAT - put on lots of hats
PEN - go get a pen
JOG - jog around the room
HOP - hop on one foot
BUN - pretend to be a hotdog bun and get eaten

When the three letter words are mastered the game can progress into more difficult words such as JUMP, SKIP and PLANT. It can keep progressing to add silent E and then still more difficult words.

This post is linked to:
No Time for Flash Cards


  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog and linking this activity! This looks like a GREAT way to teach phonics! Thanmks so much for sharing... definitely will try it out this upcoming week!

  2. I love all things active, my son does not like to sit still. I think we may try this :) Thanks for sharing. I found you on the TGIF Linky Party.

  3. This looks fun. I can't wait to do it with my girls!

  4. Very cute idea! Visiting from Teach Me Tues!

  5. What a fun idea! What a fun homeschool you have!! Thanks for linking up to TGIF!!See you tomorrow!
    Beth =-)

  6. How fun! I love how active you made the learning process! Thanks for linking up at Teach Me Tuesday! See you next week!!

  7. Such a clever idea! I'll have to try this!

    Stopping by from Thrifty Thursday.

  8. Hi again! I just wanted to let you know that this was one of the most clicked-on links last week! Congratulations! I'm featuring it at today's Teach Me Tuesday!!

  9. What a great idea! I am going to try this with my 4 year old daughter who REALLY wants to learn to read but is still struggling with putting all the sounds together. Thanks for sharing! :)

  10. Sounds like a great way to get active with reading!

  11. stopping by from the Hip Homeschool Hop. Anything active or hands on is a hit with my little guy too. Thanks for sharing

  12. Fun idea! Thanks for sharing with Look What We Did :)

  13. Thank you for sharing at Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you'll be back this week to link up again! Have a great weekend!

  14. I love this - we are working on reading now and this will be a fun way to reinforce what we are doing.

  15. What a great idea, so much fun.

    Thanks for linking to Science Sparks x

  16. Fab post

    Would love for you to link it up at my new Empty Your Archive link party which is a chance to dust off great posts from your archive - there is a focus this week on reading - would really love to see you there, Alice @ Mums Make Lists x

  17. I like this one! My son has trouble holding still, this will be great for him :) where did you get those large letters? Thank you.

    1. The large letters came from my 90 year old grandfather. He must have purchased them years ago. I bet they're 30 years old.


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