This fun and simple preschool word building game is easy to set up and has endless possibilities. The game uses CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words to help kids understand that groups of rhyming words have identical endings. The best part is, the activity is completely customizable! You can use any CVC words that you want. For some CVC inspiration, check out this awesome Grab and Sort CVC Game from Cutting Tiny Bites.
How to assemble the snowflake word building game:
Choose the groups of rhyming CVC words that you want to use. In the center of the snowflake write a blank followed by the last two letters (e.g. _an). Then, on the arms of the snowflake, write the various letters that kids can use to fill in the blank (e.g. m, c, r).
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Have the kids touch each letter on the arms of the snowflake and say it out loud, for example “C.” Then, have them read the full word out loud, for example “cat.” They may have to sound it out. For added practice, you can have them spell the word, “c,a,t”, and then say the word again.
Next, have the kids use their fingers to write the word on the table (essentially, pretending to write the word). As they write each word, it will help them remember that all the words created from a single snowflake have the same ending letters. Repeat these steps with as many CVC rhyming word combinations as your child will entertain.
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Remember for young learners, word manipulation is not easy. This type of skill is not masted overnight, so save these snowflakes and use them again and again. As your kids’ word building skills improve, you can even ask them to help you think of additional words, that are not already on the snowflakes!
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