Word Family Game With A Letter Dice

What Are Word Families?

Teaching children word families is a phonemic awareness technique that helps children see patterns in reading.  This is an important language development skill because it allows children to begin “reading” by grouping sets of letters within a word.  To put it simply, word families (sometimes called “chunks”) are groups of words that rhyme.  The first part of a word is called the onset and the last part of the word is conveniently called the rime.  Word families share a similar “rime” as the onset changes.

Letter Dice Word Family Game

This fun family word game using a letter dice is perfect for children who already know their letter names, letter sounds, and are starting to put sounds together to form words (probably around ages 4.5-5).  Obviously, this is not a game that I have tried out with either of my kids…but I plan to pass it along to my nephew who will start kindergarten in the fall.  I currently only have two sets of word families, but plan to add more so be sure to check back!

Materials Needed:

  • cardstock 
  • printed copies of the game which can be downloaded here,
  • (2) 1-inch wooden blocks
  • a permanent marker
  •  laminator (optional)

Instructions for Letter Word Game:

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1.  Download and print the documents I created here.  Laminate if you’d like.
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2.  Cut out the letter and word pictures.
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3.  Write the letters for the beginning of the word pictures on the two different wood blocks.
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4.  Arrange the word pictures above the word family mat.
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5.  Let your child roll the letter dice on the mat and then find the matching picture.
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Continue with the other word family group!
Store in a Ziploc bag for next time!

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