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Phonics Flies

Bzzzzzzzz - who can swat the  's'  fly?

This game is a real hit with the children! 

It is also seriously successful at accelerating learning phonics sounds.

Depending on the child's age or ability you can vary the difficulty and the learning objective...

If you would like these printable flies in this blog – please email – sophie@hiphophen.com and we will send them to you…

Here are the different ways we have been learning our phonics sounds by swatting flies this week:

1/ letter character flies

For younger children - a letter character (the letter 'a' is in the shape of an apple) is a great cue for a child.

Who can swat the p-pig?

Is there a a-apple on the table?

I can not see the s-snake - is it hiding?

2/ Black font letters

This is harder than the letter character flies (above) as children have to really know the letter shape and what sound it represents.

You can make this game harder by including more sounds to swat.

2/ Tracing

To get children more involved in their learning - they can trace or write the letter sound before playing the game.

 

 

N.B If you are playing this game at a table - blue tack is good if you have some keen swatters!

3/ Rewards

If your child works well with a treat incentive or being able to collect something - you can either place a sweet or a counter to collect whilst you are playing the game...

So the activity is 'child led' - we like to get the children to choose what they would like to collect. In this case, this group wanted to collect 'bugs'. However on another occasion the children wanted to collect the actual letter fly if they swatted it first - this actually turned out to be a great way to complete the game...

Another alternative is to make a tally...

4/ High Frequency words swatting...

5/ Active swatting

This game can be played in a playroom, living room, garden - if your child need to burn off some energy...it is like a 'treaure hunt' - the children run around trying to find the fly to swat. A group that I played this with wanted to keep the fly when they swatted it so they could see how many they had collected. This was a great incentive and also added a bit friendly competition!

So you can use this game for: alphabet letter sounds (s, a, t, p...), high frequency words (was, one, we...), diagraphs (th, sh, ch..), vowel digraphs (oa, ee, oo), trigraphs (igh, ear, air, ure) or CVC words such as hen, cat, dog...we have included some blank flies so that you can write the letter sounds that you are focusing on...

  

  

The fly swatters are really cheap on amazon - they are not essential - you can just swat with your hands...

Please send us your fly swatting photos - we love seeing your learning...

Have fun!

Look out for next week's phonics egg game...

 

If you would like these printable flies in this blog – please email – sophie@hiphophen.com and we will send them to you…

Check out our award winning phonics apps - a fantasitc intro to reading and writing letter sounds..

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