Hi TPT Friends!
Here you will find a fun phoneme blending game that I use with my emergent readers to help them become more fluent in their decoding and blending skills. There are 22 game boards focusing on chunks that begin with each of the vowels. All that you will need a fly swatter!
Here’s what works for me….
I project the game board on our whiteboard. My students are able to work on the game independently while I teach my reading groups. The kids take turns with the fly swatter, tapping on one onset and one rime, while their group-mates say the corresponding sounds. Then, when the “swatter” swats the mosquito (in the middle,) the group blends the segments into a word (or nonsense word.) For a challenge, I have the other kids in the group, give a “thumbs up” if the blended word is a real word, and a “thumbs down” if it’s a nonsense word.
/c/ /-at/ cat thumbs up
/m/ /-at/ mat thumbs up
/p/ /-im/ pim thumbs down
/t/ /-og/ tog thumbs down
Download the preview file to see one of my students playing Sound Swatter.
This fun game really helps my emergent readers become quicker at blending onsets and rimes. My kiddos love this activity and I hope your kid do too!