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Blend lily pad game

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Good for: giving children practice reading longer words with blends. Blends are words with two consonants at the beginning or the end (eg. frog, nest, stand).

You will need: 

a dice

a counter for each player (you can make counters from, buttons, coins, dried beans, bottle tops)

Instructions:

The child throws the dice and moves a counter around the board. If they land on a word, they must read the word and move their counter forward to a picture of that word. If they land on a picture, they must move their counter back to the matching word. Whoever gets to the end of the board first is the winner.

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Blend train game

screen-shot-2016-11-27-at-11-48-37-amGood for: giving children practice reading longer words with blends. Blends are words with two consonants at the beginning or the end (eg. frog, nest, stand).

You will need: 

a dice

a counter for each player (you can make counters from, buttons, coins, dried beans, bottle tops)

Instructions:

The child throws the dice and moves a counter around the board. If they land on a word, they must read the word and move their counter forward to a picture of that word. If they land on a picture, they must move their counter back to the matching word. Whoever gets to the end of the board first is the winner.

Download the Train game in Afrikaans.

Download the Train game in isiXhosa.

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Blend Say-it-and-move-it

Good for: Helpinscreen-shot-2016-11-27-at-11-55-14-amg children hear and write each sound in a word with a consonant blend. Blends are words with two consonants at the beginning or the end (eg. frog, nest, stand).

You will need:

say-it-and-move-it board (laminated or placed inside a plastic sleeve)

picture cards

counters (beans or buttons)

whiteboard marker

Instructions:

Place a picture card (eg cat) on the board in the large block. Help the child to name the picture saying the word slowly so they can hear each sound. Take 3 counters and show the child how to move a counter into a small block as they say each sound of the word (c-a-t). Work from left to right. Remove the counters from the blocks and give the child a whiteboard marker so they can write each letter in a block to make up the word.

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High frequency caterpillar game (level 3)

 

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Good for: Improving reading sight-words (commonly used words can be hard to sound out).

You will need: 

a dice

a counter for each player (you can make counters from, buttons, coins, dried beans, bottle tops)

Instructions:

The child throws the dice and moves a counter around the board. Help them read the word they land on (e.g. ‘come’) and make a sentence with the word (e.g. ‘Come and play with me.’). Whoever gets to the end first is the winner.

Download this game in Afrikaans.

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Multisyllabic bike game

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Good for: helping children sound out longer words and break them up into parts.

 

You will need: 

a dice

a counter for each player (you can use buttons, coins, dried beans, bottle tops)

Instructions:

The child throws the dice and moves a counter around the board. They must read the word they land on and move their counter forward to a picture that matches the word. If they land on a picture, they must move their counter back to the matching word. The child who gets to the end of the board first is the winner.

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Multisyllabic river game

screen-shot-2016-11-27-at-12-04-10-pmGood for: Helping children sound out longer words and break them up into parts.

You will need: 

a dice

a counter for each player (you can use buttons, coins, dried beans, bottle tops)

 

 

Instructions:

The child throws the dice and moves a counter around the board. They must read the word they land on and move their counter forward to a picture that matches the word. If they land on a picture, they must move their counter back to the matching word. The child who gets to the end of the board first is the winner. Watch the instruction video.