Five Phonics Beanbag Games

Updated: May 5, 2020

These games will help your child to read and recognise the tricky words. These words can not be sounded out so learning them by sight helps children to read more fluently.

  1. Spread out 5-10 tricky word flashcards on the floor.

  2. Call out a tricky word and ask your child toss the beanbag at the correct flashcard.

  3. If the beanbag lands on the correct card, they get to keep it.

  4. Repeat, swapping roles, so that your child calls out a tricky word for you.

  5. Keep playing until all of the cards have gone. The winner is the person with the most cards.

  1. Make a tower using empty tin cans or paper cups.

  2. Use the whiteboard pen to write a sound or word on each tin.

  3. Take it in turns to throw the bean bag. Score a point for each tin that falls over.

  4. Score an extra point for every word/sound that they can read on the tins that they knocked down.

Blending is when you say the individual sounds then merge them together to read the word.

  1. Make a list of high frequency words on the whiteboard. These cards have a coloured stripe along the bottom to show that they can be sounded out.

  2. Set a three minute timer. I use my phone or Alexa.

  3. The person holding the beanbag should sound out the first word then blend the sounds to read the word. Then they pass the bean bag to the other player.

  4. Once you get to the bottom of the list of words start again at the top. As the children become more familiar with the words they will recognise them by sight and won't need to sound them out.

  5. Keep playing until the time runs out. The winner is the person not holding the beanbag so the quicker you can read the word the better!

  1. Place three sound cards next to each other to make a word e.g. c a t.

  2. Drop the beanbag onto the first sound card and make the c sound.

  3. Drop the beanbag onto the next sound card and say a.

  4. Drop the beanbag onto the final sound card and say t.

  5. Model how to blend the sounds together by saying c-a-t, cat.

  6. Invite your child to have a go at splatting the sounds with the beanbag.

  7. Repeat using different sound cards. See the game below for some examples of words you could use.

Segmenting is the opposite of blending. You split the word up into individual sounds to help with spelling. This game will help children to hear the individual sounds in words.

  1. Place 3 bowls/plates/pieces of paper on the floor.

  2. Say a CVC word e.g. chop. A CVC word is made up of a consonant, vowel (a, e, i, o, u) and consonant sound. I have included some examples below.

  3. Model how to sound out the word e.g. ch - o - p.

  4. Say one of the sounds from the word and ask your child to decide if its the first, middle or last sound. If you said ch they should drop the beanbag in the first bowl. If you said o they should drop it in the second bowl. If you said p they should drop the beanbag in the third bowl.

  5. Repeat with different words.

Phase 2 CVC words (Orange flashcards) - sit, nap, mat, and, pig, top, cot, kit, get, mug, rip.

Phase 3 (Green Flashcards) - chop, rich, shed, cash, bath, then, sing, rain, deep, tight, soap, food, book, card, sort, burp, down, coin*

*Where two letters have been underlined it means that they work together to make one sound. This is called a digraph. Some of the vowels in these words are made with a vowel digraph e.g. ai.

I am going to have a go at playing these games with my daughter over the weekend and I will add some photos and videos to my Instagram account. If you have a go and share any photos, tag #miniwritersclub and I will share them on my stories.

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