making words

game from lakeshore

I love to wander around Lakeshore while Avery does the craft on Saturdays. I find some great ideas and then make them my own. I found this game the others day. It’s a large plastic mat you can lay on the ground and the kids jump from letter to letter to make words. I thought it was a great idea, but it was $30!! How can I make this myself for Avery to use?

my version of the game

I took a picture of it on my phone and made it myself when I got home. I used chalk behind our driveway. Avery loved the new game. A little like hopscotch with the jumping, and she got to make words.

The first time we played (a few weeks ago) I wrote the words she made down next to the chart. They were simple words; cat, mug, hop, cab, hip, pat…

Then we played it yesterday after watching a Leap Frog video about “complex words.”  This time around she began to put four letter words together; cute, mine, pine, hope. They all have the silent “e” at the end. She is really starting to get the hang of this reading thing. It’s fun to watch her figure it all out.

Complex Words DVD (Leap Frog)

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