I love to add a holiday twist to learning games.
It adds to the fun and can help make a reluctant kid eager to learn.
Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I’m going to share some fun ways to incorporate the holiday into learning. We’ll start with a simple Valentine’s Day reading game that makes use of heart doilies.
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I usually like to stick with supplies that I usually have at home to make a learning game. But, this time I made an exception. I spent a little bit of money on some heart doilies to make a fun activity even more special.
Make the game:
Decide on the word families you want to work on. Choose the ones that your child is working on in class or select something you see they are struggling a bit with. If you’re not sure where to start, here is a great list of work families I refer to quite often.
Use your heart doilies for your word family base. Use the black marker to write a word family on each doily. Don’t do too many, 3 or 4 word families should be plenty.
Next, make your game pieces. I have a circle punch, so I just cut out four circles from my construction paper for each word family. If you don’t have a circle punch, you can cut out small squares or even small hearts.
Write a word on each circle from each word family. I had four circles, so four words for each word family.
An example would be: -est family, nest, rest, test, best.
Play the game:
Give your child the word family doilies. Turn the paper circles upside down and mix them all up.
Choose a paper circle and read the word. Put the circle on the correct word family doily.
Keep playing until all the paper circles are on the correct doily.
Extend the fun:
Use just the word family doilies and see how many words you can write down for each word family.
Play the game with more than one kid. Have each child take turns turning over a paper circle.
How would you use this game?
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