Helping Your Child to Read and Write Words with 2-3 Sounds, Made up of Single Letters

Buried Treasure (Reading)

buried treasure

Free printable golden coin, dustbin and treasure chest for playing Buried Treasure. Laminate the coins, write a word on each (some should be real words and some nonsense). Bury them in the garden/sand pit etc. When your child pulls one out, get him/her to sound out and read the word. If it's a real word, he/she puts it on the treasure box and if it's nonsense, puts it on the dustbin.

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Below is a link to an interactive version of the Buried Treasure activity. Click on 'next', then Phase 2, then click on a single letter. The words used in the game will be made up of this letter and those above it. Ensure that your child sounds out and reads each word, rather than just dragging the words to the bin/treasure chest to see what happens!

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Dragon's Den (Reading)

dragons den

An interactive game in which you have to feed eggs with real words to one dragon and eggs with nonsense words to the other dragon. Click on 'next', then Phase 2, then click on a single letter. The words used in the game will be made up of this letter and those above it. Ensure that your child sounds out and reads each word, rather than just dragging the words to a dragon to see what happens!

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Click below to download free printable egg, red dragon and green dragon from the above interactive game. Laminate the eggs, write a word on each (some should be real words and some nonsense). Hide them around the room/garden. When your child finds one, get him/her to sound out and read the word. If it's a real word, he/she puts it on the green dragon and if it's nonsense, puts it on the red one.

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Picnic on Pluto (Reading)

picnic on pluto

An interactive game in which you have to feed snacks to 2 alien brothers. One alien likes to eat snacks with real words on them and the other likes to eat snacks with nonsense words on them. Click on 'next', then Phase 2, then click on a single letter. The words used in the game will be made up of this letter and those above it. Ensure that your child sounds out and reads each word, rather than just dragging the words to an alien to see what happens!

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Click below to download free printable snack and the 2 aliens from the above interactive game. Laminate the snacks, write a word on each (some should be real words and some nonsense). Hide them around the room/garden. When your child finds one, get him/her to sound out and read the word. If it's a real word, he/she puts it on Bob and if it's nonsense, puts it on Obb. .

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Letters and Sounds Bingo (Reading)

letters and sounds bingoFrom ictgames.com. This game will need 2-4 players. There are 2 games of bingo to play at this stage: Phase 2: Game 1 and 2 only. Click on the link to download & print off bingo cards.  Then click the green button to play. Click Letters and Sounds Phase 2 Game 1 or 2 (in the red box in the top left hand corner). Press the pull button on the fruit machine to generate the first word. Get your child to sound out and read it before everyone looks for the word on their boards. Alternatively, don't use the fruit machine, just call out a word, get your child to orally break down the sounds on his/her fingers before everyone looks for the word on their boards.

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Sound Button Cards (Reading)

A set of words with sound buttons underneath. Use pages 1-27 only. Get your child to put his/her fingers on the 'sound buttons', as he/she sounds out each word. Either print out or scroll down the document whilst displayed on the computer screen.

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Picture Matching Cards (Reading)

phase 2 picture matching cards

Picture cards and corresponding words. Print sets 1/2/3 and cut out into individual cards. Various games can be played with these:

• Turn the cards face down and play the pairs game, where your child turns over a picture and a word card. He/she reads the word and sees if the picture is the right one. If so, he/she keeps the pair. If not, they are turned face down in their places and the next player has a turn.
• Pin up the picture cards around the room/garden. Give your child a word card and get him/her to read it and run to the correct picture.
• Play snap.

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Caption Cards (Reading)

phase 2 caption cards

Picture cards and corresponding captions. Print and cut out into individual cards. Various games can be played with these:

• Turn the cards face down and play the pairs game, where your child turns over a picture and a caption. He/she reads the caption and sees if the picture is the right one. If so, he/she keeps the pair. If not, they are turned face down in their places and the next player has a turn.
• Pin up the picture cards around the room/garden. Give your child a caption and get him/her to read it and run to the correct picture.
• Play snap.

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Phonic Potions - Real or Fake (Reading)

phonic potions real or fake

This game just uses the first set of letters the children learn: s, a, t, p, i, n. The letters are all in a jar and some are used to make a bubble containing a word. Ask your child to read the word and decide if it is a real word or not. If he/she thinks it's real, they have to drag it to the suction cups on the right. If it's not real, they have to drag it to the spikes on the left and pop the bubble.

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Race to the Pond (Reading)

race to the pond

15 free printable games. Choose the games that have only single letter graphemes.

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Ladybird Lander (Writing)

ladybird landerFrom ictgames.com. Click 'go'. Call out a word of your choice and get your child to break the word down into sounds on his/her fingers. He/she then selects the 3 ladybirds with the correct graphemes to sit on the 3 flowers. Press the buttons underneath each flower to hear the phonemes. Then blend the sounds together to check the spelling is correct.

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Road Block (Writing)

Look at the picture and get your child to tell you the 3 sounds in the word, identify the missing vowel and click on the appropriate block. The baby then throws it into the word. Useful practice if your child often confuses vowel sounds.

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Foam Phonemes (Writing)

foam phonemesFrom ictgames.com. Call out a word containing 3 sounds and 3 letters and get your child to break down (orally segment) the sounds on his/her fingers. Then he/she clicks on the corresponding letters on the left of the screen to fire them out of the cannon and then re-arranges on the water to make the word. Get him/her to sound out and read the word written to check it is correct and amend if necessary.

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Magnetic Letters (Writing)

magnetic letters

A whiteboard with letters of the alphabet along the bottom. Call out a word, get your child to break down (orally segment) the sounds on his/her fingers. Then he/she clicks on the corresponding letters to make the word appear on the whiteboard. Get him/her to sound out and read the word written to check it is correct and amend if necessary.

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