Short Vowel Sounds Target Game
I am always trying new ways to make phonics multisensory. I started using this target game to help my students practice distinguishing the short vowel sounds in a fun way.
Preparing the Words:
Cut out all the cards for the syllables or words you’re going to use, or just pick a sheet to use. Verbally state a syllable or word. Have students give the vowel verbally. After the
student decides which vowel they choose, they can proceed to hitting the appropriate target. I mark on my checklist if they answer correctly or incorrectly.
I put the targets on the wall or outside on trees and the students use different means to hit the targets. Things I’ve used have been throwing bean bags, water balloons, squirt guns, and even a laser pointer. If I’m using this in the winter, I’ll laminate the targets and have
students throw snowballs to hit them. Use whatever creative materials you have that would be appropriate for your location and students. I like to get my students outside, but you can use them inside as well. I have even put the targets on the floor and had students stomp on them. They love mixing up the ways I have them hit the targets. You can use different sizes of targets depending on your needs.
1. large and small targets
2. 4 pages of syllables/words (15 words per page) that can be cut out and used as cards or kept together as a sheet.
3. checklists for the teacher to record which words the student answers correctly or
This game can also be found in a bundle of short vowel intensive activities. You can find the bundle by clicking the link: OG Vowel Intensive Activities (Short Vowel Practice)