Get your young reader excited about practicing phonics skills with these fun, multisensory games.
A word family is a group of words that follow the same sound and spelling patterns at their ends. Think cat, bat, and hat. Or bin, fin, and pin.
Plastic Easter eggs, paper cups, and scratch paper can all easily become word family games using the lists below.
Now that you’ve got an idea of how quick and easy the games are, it’s time to make this even easier on you. It’s surprisingly hard to come up with word families off the top of your head, so here’s a cheat sheet for you to use when you’re making a word family game. It’s ideal for kindergarten through early first-grade levels, and goes from easiest to hardest.
You can download this PDF to use yourself at home!
Word family activities are most beneficial when the word families you’re using are at your young reader’s level, not above.
If your child can successfully sound out a sample word from a given word family, they are ready to play games with that word family. So if they can sound out “cat,” they’re ready to practice “at” words.
Parker, Stephen. (2022, Feb 25). “The Essential Linnea Ehri: A Research-Based Explanation of How Children Learn to Read Words.” Parker Phonics. https://www.parkerphonics.com/post/the-essential-linnea-ehri.