Are you working on air phonics skills? This game helps children build err, eir and air words in this fun fill in the blank activity.
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In a recent visit from Babies Can’t Wait, it was suggested that my little girl start doing sensory bins. I have to admit I wasn’t too thrilled with the idea because of the mess. We tried our first one yesterday, and it wasn’t as bad as I thought. I decided to combine it with learning for the boys, and we actually had a lot of fun. I love it when my boys exclaim at the end of the game, “That was fun.”
Before the Game
To begin the week, we spent a lot of time using our -eer, -eir, and -air phonics cards to play games. Then we moved unto another game where I threw the large, soft dice across the room. They would read the word while they were running back, then move a game piece to the picture that matched the word they read.
Then we moved into a word sort where my boys were reading words and matching them to their pictures.
Finally, it was time to move on to our sensory activity.
- First, print off all the pages. You will need a set of the word building pages for each player.
- Next, cut out the letters or you can use magnetic letters if you have enough r’s and e’s.
- Finally, place the letters in a sensory tub. You can use rice, water beads, kinetic sand or another sensory object.
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How to Play air Phonics Game
The game is simple to play. Our kiddos simply pull a letter out of the sensory tub and then fill in the blanks on their sheet to create a word.
I had my kiddos close their eyes and dig into our sensory bin. Once they pulled out a letter, they had to decide where to put it.
At first, it was easy, as there were many open spaces. As their mats filled out they found they had to really think through where to put it. I loved how it made my boy analyze the words, and he even started saying things like I need an e to finish off the word berry.
My youngest needed a little help, and we used our word sort as a cheat sheet to help him spell the words!
Since the boys are so competitive, they moaned and complained when they pulled out a blank letter and realized they were losing their turn. We would place those awful blank pieces aside, but if they drew a letter they didn’t need, we put those back in the sensory bin for another player to use.
It was a fun, easy game to play…and it didn’t make a huge mess. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
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