Young readers will love forming and writing words with initial consonants and 36 common word families. This rainforest theme game is for 2-6 players. The mix and match format provides new learning experiences each time it is played. The colorful game board and rainforest creatures (with names) will make this a favorite activity for your students.
To prepare: Print out the game board, word card and instructions. You can also print out the “helper” cards for students to physically try out letter combinations if desired. Laminate the board and cards, and cut apart the word cards. Use the optional recording sheet, or blank paper for each player to record their words. You will need a place marker for each player and one die.
To play: Shuffle the cards and place them in a face down pile between players. Players take turns rolling the die and moving their marker clockwise the number of spaces indicated. If a player lands on a kapok tree he/she rests there until their next turn. If the player lands on a letter he/she takes word family cards equal to the number of spaces moved. The player combines the beginning letter on the space with each of the word endings on the cards (using the “helper” cards if needed), and writes down each “real” word formed. When the first player returns to the starting space all players count the words on their list. The player with the most words wins.
For practice combining initial blends and word families, check out my Rainforest Blend a Word.