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
- Duplo blocks.
- 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.
- Thin permanent marker.
- Index cards.
- 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.
- Write one letter per sticker for each letter your child will need to make the words on the flash cards.
- Place one sticker per Duplo on its side, so that when the blocks are joined, all the letters are facing the same way.
- Place the flash card with the word ending in front of your child (for my cards, it would be at)
- Ask your child to find the Duplo containing the first letter of the word (a).
- Ask your child to find the Duplo containing the second letter of the word (t).
- Have your child snap the second (t) Duplo onto the first (a).
- (Repeat with any additional letters needed to make the flash card word.)
- 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.
- 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).
- Repeat steps 1-6 for the remaining flash cards.