air - that's a pair!

Updated: May 11

Phase Three: air

The activities and games in this blog post can be adapted and used with any sound that your child is learning. Phase 3 sounds and words can be found on the sounds page.

Place some tricky word cards on your stairs. Get your child to throw the beanbag and read the word on the step it lands on. If you don't have a beanbag you could use some scrunched up tin foil. Next, call out a word and ask them to try to make the beanbag land on the right step. Please take care playing games on the stairs. My husband tried to walk down the stairs past this game and is now sporting a few bruises.


Use the air sound card and introduce the sound. Segment stairs together s-t-air-s. This is a phase 4 word and some children might find it tricky to hear that the first part of the word is made from two sounds - s and t.


Reading

Write out two sets of words containing air. You also need to include one card with the air sound written on, but don't make a pair for this card. Deal the cards between the players. Each player should remove any pairs of words that they have. Then take it in turns to choose a card from the other player. When you have picked a card, read the word. If you have a matching card put both cards into the pile of pairs. If you don't have a matching card keep it in your hand. The winner is the first person to get rid of all of their pairs. The person left with the air card is the loser. Sophie loved this game because towards the end she tried to trick me so that I would pick the air card.


Words to use: 1 x card with air and 2 x fair, hair, lair, pair, chair.

If your child is confident with blending, you could include some 2 syllable words e.g. airport and aircraft. You could also use Phase 4 words e.g. stairs or introduce the y sound in fairy or hairy.


I bought these card holders off Amazon. I have linked them in my Amazon shop. It is an affiliate link, which means you won't be charged any extra but Amazon will give me a few pennies.

Writing

Take it in turns to choose a card from the pairs game and show it to the other person. They can look at it for 5 seconds then they have to write it without looking. If they spell it correctly they win the pair. Swap roles. When it’s your turn to spell, you could make a mistake and see if your child spots it. They love it when the adult gets it wrong and they get to correct them!

The activities and games in this blog post can be adapted and used with any sound that your child is learning. Phase 3 sounds and words can be found on the sounds page.


If you have a go at this activity and share any photos on social media I would love to see them. Please tag @miniwritersclub and use #miniwritersclub and let me know how you get on.


Anna

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