Duplo Word Families

Here’s another Pinned It, Did It entry – a fabulous little busy box that has really helped Bella (4) “get” word families and blending sounds.   And I already had all the materials needed for this, so it didn’t cost me a dime – how cool is that?

Find the pin that inspired me here:  http://pinterest.com/pin/234961305530049290/

Activity:  Duplo Word Families


  1. Duplo blocks.
  2. Small white stickers – I had these rectangles in my office supply stash – I know they are sold next to the circular garage sale price stickers at most office supply stores.
  3. Thin permanent marker.
  4. Index cards.


  1. Decide what word family you want to start with, and make flash cards for the words in that family.  I chose the at word family and made at, bat, cat, sat, fat, hat, mat, pat and rat.
  2. Write one letter per sticker for each letter your child will need to make the words on the flash cards.
  3. Place one sticker per Duplo on its side, so that when the blocks are joined, all the letters are facing the same way.


  1. Place the flash card with the word ending in front of your child (for my cards, it would be at)
  2. Ask your child to find the Duplo containing the first letter of the word (a).
  3. Ask your child to find the Duplo containing the second letter of the word (t). 
  4. Have your child snap the second (t) Duplo onto the first (a).
  5. (Repeat with any additional letters needed to make the flash card word.)
  6. Point to and say the first letter on the Duplo word.   Point to and say the corresponding letter on the flash card.  Repeat for the remaining letters. 
  7. Point to and say the word on the flash card.  Then point and say the word on the Duplos.  Then say, “You spelled                                                       (fill in the blank).
  8. Repeat steps 1-6 for the remaining flash cards.

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