Ridiculous Reading Phonics Game

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Dr. Seuss was a genius when it came to writing books that appeal to kids of all ages. One of the reasons that Dr. Seuss books have been popular for generations is his use of nonsense words.  This Ridiculous Reading Phonics Game was made with Dr. Seuss in mind. Because a child cannot guess what the word says, they have to have some phonics awareness so that they can sound it out. That use of nonsense words to encourage phonics, combined with humor, inspired this game.

Ridiculous Reading Phonics Game

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Ridiculous Reading Phonics Game

Target Skills for this Fun Phonics Game:

  • Phonics Awareness
  • Handwriting
  • Turn Taking
  • Story Telling

 Materials to Make Your Own Ridiculous Reading Game:

  • Index Cards
  • Puff Paint

Ridiculous Reading Phonics Game: A hilarious game that will have the kids laughing as they build phonics and early reading skills.

Instructions on How to Play the Ridiculous Reading Game:

Make two sets of cards. The first set will be single letters and consonant blends (i.e. “bl”, “st”, etc.). The second set will be word endings.
The 37 most common word families in English (according to Wylie and Durrell) are: ack, ain, ake, ale, all, ame, an, ank, ap, ash, at, ate, aw, ay, eat, ell, est, ice, ick, ide, ight, ill, in, ine, ing, ink, ip, it, ock, oke, op, ore, ot, uck, ug, ump, unk.
Have the child trace the letters with the puff paint. As there are a lot of cards to make, adult help will make the job go more quickly. Allow the cards time to dry.
Make two piles with the cards face down. The pile on the left is the letters and
consonant blends. The pile on the right is the word endings.
Take turns picking one card from each pile.
I have the child trace the letters with their finger as they read.
If the two cards make a real word it scores one point. I give half a point if the child can come up with a colorful definition for the nonsense word or think of a rhyme.
The person with the most points win.
To extend the game, make sentences using the words you made or choose three words and use them to tell a story.
Engage the children by reacting with them when you make nonsense words. Remember, if you are having fun, they probably will, too.



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