What you need:
*aprox. 13 "long cards" for consonants, blends, and diagraphs
*34 cards that have the hole cut out
(I got a few extra, just in case.)
*1' punch (if you don't have a punch, you can just cut out a rectangle using scissors or exacto knife)
The "long cards" are the cards that have multiple blocks of color.
The cards you cut a hole out of are just one solid color.
I used my 1' punch on the solid colored cards, and punched a hole on the left side of each card.
Then, you just write the common word families on the cards to the right of the hole.
Here are the ones I used:
There are tons and tons of words you can make!
--ab cab, lab, blab, crab, flab, grab, scab, slab, stab
--ack back, pack, quack, rack, black, crack, shack, snack, stack, track
--ag bag, rag, tag, brag, flag
--ail fail, mail, jail, nail, pail, rail, sail, tail, snail, trail
--ain main, pain, rain, brain, chain, drain, grain, plain, Spain, sprain, stain, train
--ake bake, cake, fake, lake, make, quake, rake, take, wake, brake, flake, shake, snake
--am ham, Sam, clam, slam, swam
--an can, fan, man, pan, ran, tan, van, bran, plan, than
--ank bank, sank, yank, blank, crank, drank, thank
--ap cap, lap, map, nap, rap, tap, clap, flap, scrap, slap, snap, strap, trap, wrap
--at bat, cat, fat, hat, mat, rat, sat, brat, chat, flat, spat, that
--ay day, may, pay, say, clay, play, pray, spray, stay, tray
--eed feed, need, seed, weed, bleed, freed, greed, speed
--ell bell, fell, sell, tell, well, yell, shell, smell, spell, swell
--est best, guest, nest, pest, rest, test, vest, west, chest, crest
--ew dew, few, knew, new, blew, chew
--ick kick, lick, pick, quick, sick, brick, chick, click, stick, thick, trick
--ight knight, light, might, night, right, sight, tight, bright, flight, fright, slight
--ill fill, hill, pill, will, chill, drill, grill, skill, spill, thrill
--in bin, fin, pin, sin, win, chin, grin, shin, skin, spin, thin, twin
--ine fine, line, mine, nine, pine, vine, wine, shine, spine, whine
--ing king, ring, sing, wing, bring, cling, spring, sting, string, swing, thing
--ink link, pink, sink, wink, blink, drink, shrink, stink, think
--ip dip, hip, lip, rip, sip, tip, chip, clip, drip, flip, grip, ship, skip, strip, trip, whip
--ob knob, mob, rob, blob, slob, snob
--ock knock, lock, dock, rock, sock, block, clock, frock, shock, stock
--op cop, hop, mop, pop, top, chop, crop, drop, flop, plop, shop, stop
--ore bore, more, sore, tore, wore, chore, score, shore, snore, store
--ot got, dot, hot, knot, lot, not, plot, shot, spot
--out grout, scout, shout, spout, sprout
--ow cow, how, now, brow, chow, plow
--uck buck, duck, luck, cluck, stuck, truck
--um gum, hum, drum, plum, slum
--unk junk, chunk, drunk, shrunk, stunk, trunk
-y by, my, cry, dry, fly, fry, shy, sky, spy, try, why
(word list taken from http://www.literacyconnections.com/Phonograms.html)
**The Phonogram Page is a great site where you can hear the sounds. Also, All About Spelling has a list of Phonograms and how to teach them.**
Cash loves the game, and really likes the idea of "word families." It makes him laugh. :) This is super easy, so make one today for your little guys!