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May 1, 2013

Gross Motor Phonics Games

Learn through Movement - Gross Motor Phonics Games

On Monday I shared the first post in the Learn through Movement series I'm doing with Mess for Less and Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas. For three days this week each of us will post an activity to help children learn while moving and playing.
Monday - Math

Wednesday - Reading

I set up two simple gross motor phonics games for my older boys.  J-Bug (4) worked on letter sounds. JZ (5) worked on letter blends.

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I set up two game grids with sidewalk chalk.  For JZ I wrote common letter blends to work on phonemic awareness.  For J-Bug I wrote out the alphabet.  Set up took less than five minutes, and then I called the boys outside to play.

The instructions were simple.  JZ hit the hockey puck then blended the letters the puck landed on.  For an added gross motor challenge, he chose a blend then tried to hit the puck on that letter blend.

To extend the phonics lesson, when JZ blended the letters he thought of a few words that start or end with the blend.  

The rules were the same for J-Bug.  He said the letter sound when the puck landed on a letter.

I think his puck landed on the letter C about ten times.

If you don't have a hockey set, don't let that stop you!  You can enjoy some gross motor learning fun by tossing bean bags onto the sounds.

Be sure and visit Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas to see their Musical Sight Word game and Mess for Less to see their I Spy game.

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  1. I'm adding this to the list of things that we are going to try. I love how you changed it up for K and pre-K.

  2. This is great, Allison! I think we'll try it with bean bags. I like the idea of using blends and then thinking of a word that begins with that blend. I also love the way you explain how to change it up for different levels - we need that at our house too!

  3. This is such an easy and fun way to get those little bodies moving while learning! Thanks for linking up to Discover & Explore this week!

  4. This is a great phonics activity! One for the summer. Thank you. I'd love to link to this activity from the Teach Your Monster to Read blog. Would this be possible?


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