Word families can be a beneficial component in your teaching-your-child-to-read toolbox.
This word family snowball toss activity combines decoding and gross motor fun…the perfect blend for kiddos who have a hard time sitting still!
Here’s what you’ll need: ping pong balls, 4 small containers, a dry-erase marker and a permanent marker.
1. Use a permanent marker to write words in specific word families on individual ping pong balls. I wrote the words on both sides of the ball.
Here are some of the words we used:
_at word family:
_op word family:
_an word family:
_ack word family
2. Use a dry erase marker to write the rimes of each word family on the containers. You should be able to wipe it off afterwards.
Have your child choose a ping pong ball and read the word by saying each sound.
Then have him/her throw the
ping pong ball snowball into the corresponding bucket.