Learning Compound Words with Blocks

Monday, July 11, 2016

Learning Compound Words with Blocks

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If your child can read short words now, it is time to move on to longer words. Compound words are easy to read since it is just two(or more) short words combined. Learning about compound words is fun with this game using blocks!
Compounds Words Activity- this is such a fun learning activity for prek, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and 3rd grade kids to understand and practice compound words with a fun hand on learning activity perfect for literacy centers, homeschooling, summer learning, and more!

 
Compound words are two (or more) root words combined to make a new word with a new meaning.


It usually is two (or more) words that does not have anything in common, but put together it makes a new word that means something.


This is a great hands on activity for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade students.



Compound Words

using unifex cubes to learn compounds words

For this activity I used Unifix blocks and a white board marker:

using a sharpie write words on unifix cubes

I wrote words on different color blocks, like "play" on purple and "room" on white blocks to illustrate that they are both complete word son their own (root words).

BUT, you can combine the two and make a new word: "playroom". This you call a compound word.

HINT:  You can find a list of compound words here and you can write words on all the sides of the blocks too!

 

compounds words learning activity for kids in kindergarten first grade, second grade

How to play:
  • Add all the same color blocks together.  Does this make any sense? 
  • Are these real words? "Cakeprint?", "Homeship"? No, it is a bit silly. 
  • Fix it up to make compound words that DO make sense! For example: "Cupcake" and "friendship" are words that make sense.

Extension 
  • Use every compound word in an oral or written sentence. 
  • Draw pictures of the newly formed compound words.
  • Make up silly stories to explain meanings of words. For example: The cup and the cake went to school. It was time to play in the room, but the cake wanted to go home to do work...
learning compounds words through play with this hands on educational activity


Do you have any other clever ways of introducing compound words to children?


Be sure to check out these fun literacy activities too:

  1. Short Vowel Board Game
  2. Beginning Sound Stamping Activity
  3. I-spy Gumball Letters




Nadia is South African mom to two littlies, a former preschool teacher and currently working as a reading therapist at a remedial school. She blogs over at Teach Me Mommy about easy and playful activities inspiring you to be your child's first teacher. Follow along on FacebookInstagramPinterest, and Twitter.




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