Word families are one of the building blocks for learning to read.
If you have a good grasp on word families, you’ll be well on your way to decoding words. And, the more words you can decode, the better you can read.
Word families are that important.
This simple word family match game is easy to make and a fun way for your child to practice recognizing and reading word families.
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Word Families, sometimes known as phonograms, are the one syllable endings of a group of words. For example, the -at family would contain the words hat, cat, chat, that, sat, etc.
This game supports any group of word families. Select the ones that your child is working on in class or any that you see your child struggling with. I do like this list to use for reference. You can find the most common word families and many examples of each at this link.
How to make your word family match game
Begin by cutting off enough extra paper from each sheet of construction paper to turn it into a large square. My squares were 9 inches by 9 inches. Divide each large square into 16 equal-sized smaller squares (2-1/4 inches each). You’ll have 32 total squares. (I know, that’s a lot!)
Next, choose your words. You will need eight different sets of word families, each set will have four words. Use two squares of one color and two squares of your second color for each set.
For example, in the above picture, I used the -en family: den, men, when, then.
Put words on each of your squares.
How to play this word family match game
Mix up all your word family and spread them out.
Challenge your child to create eight different four squares of words by sorting the squares into word families.
This words best as a single-player game. But, two kids can play together. Just have them take turns putting together their four squares.
When you’re done, you’ll have eight different larger squares for each word family. If you put them all together, you’ll have a larger word quilt.
Extend the fun with some more versions of this game
Practice reading the words out loud after you create a four square.
Can you name even more words for each word family? After your child makes a four square, challenge them to name two more words for each word family.
Choose one of the word family squares and see if you can find more examples in a favorite book.
How would you add to the fun?
If you liked this word family match game, you may also like one of these reading games:
More games to make reading fun
In addition to this fun word family game, here are some other fun options to help your child practice their reading skills.
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