Are you celebrating the Chinese New Year and looking for fun games for children to practice/ practise reading CVC words, words with digraphs and trigraphs and words with long vowel sounds and alternative spelling patterns? Your children will be engaged with these games as they roll the dice, select a square and read the words. The games are compatible with Letters and Sounds phase 3 and 5 and even if you are following a different scheme, the games will help your children become more familiar with these important phonic and decoding skills.
There are several games in these resources and they are also available individually.
Please see the individual previews for their contents.
This will help your children by:
- being educational
- for CVC words, digraphs, trigraphs and alternative spelling patterns for long vowels
- fun games to interact and play with their peers and family
- engaging with an element of competition
- the games can be played individually, in pairs and in small groups
- uses cute clipart and the theme of Chinese New Year
- games are based on the popular Connect 4 game which children probably know so they will not be needing long instructions - although these are included
This will help you by:
- having games children can play independently so ideal for child-initiated play, leaving in the tuff tray or literacy display area, for early finishers, morning work, free choosing time or 'Golden' time
- giving you opportunities to assess, teach and discuss any phonic strategies as children are playing a fun game
- can be part of a literacy lesson - for both independent and adult-led activities
- having decoding activities that are not supported by grammatical understanding (such as knowledge of sentence structure) or pictures so children are relying purely on their phonics, decoding and blending skills - I realize that having this support is important too however sometimes an activity to hone in on phonics is very useful
- cute clipart will appeal to children
- easy prep for board games - print (for repeated use you may wish to laminate these)
- die/ dice has instructions - print, cut out, fold and stick
- ideal for homeschool/ home education especially if your child is a reluctant reader, making this fun in bite-size chunks may help to engage him/her/them
- fun homework - many children love 'teaching' their family what they have learned at school and this is a fun way to do this
- resources have 3 fonts for more options - Comic Sans which is popular with many teachers and young children, a 'fun' font and a Dyslexic font
- the game boards with the Dyslexic font also has pastel-colored/ coloured backgrounds and less distracting elements such as clipart as is recommended by the British Dyslexia Association and although you may be outside the U.K. these principles will still apply
- use it this year and add this to your 'Chines New Year' or Spring resources folder for next year - the games can be used and enjoyed every year.
- this can be printed onto letter size (for the U.S.) and A4 (for the U.K.) paper