Long vowels. Short vowels. Digraphs. Figuring out phonics can be fun with these dominoes and a classmate or two.
English is a complex language to learn. Knowing how letters and words are pronounced is essential. Here’s an easy way to make a set of dominoes with your choice of different sounds or letter blends. We started with long vowel sounds. With a partner or two, choose your domino challenge!
<STRONG>Cut the bones</STRONG>. With Crayola® Scissors, cut out 20 or more rectangles from recycled foam produce trays. Make sure these "bones" are big enough on which to write a word and sound.
<STRONG> Fill the bones</STRONG>. With Crayola Gel Markers, divide each rectangle in half. Write a long vowel sound such as ee, oa, ai, y, i-e, ea, oo, ay, or igh on one side of each rectangle. Write words that have these sounds on the other side. Mix up the sounds and words.
<STRONG>Play!</STRONG> Shuffle bones face down. Pick five. First player lays a tile down. Other players add matching words or corresponding vowel sounds. If a player cannot move, pick tiles until you are able to add one.
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