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Word Family Activities

Help kids learn to read by exploring and playing with word families! These super cute, fun, engaging, and free word family activities are a great way for young children to start off with their literacy journey. These word families activities are perfect for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade students! We have free printable word family games that are sure to get your child excited about learning!
Help kids learn to read by exploring and playing with word families! These super cute, fun, engaging, and free word family activities are a great way for young children to start off with their literacy journey. These word families activities are perfect for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade students! We have free printable word family games that are sure to get your child excited about learning!

Word Family Activities

As children learn to read they need to learn the sounds letters make, master phonemic awareness, and then they start learning to recognize patterns in words. This ability to see clusters of letters that form similar sounds is important for early literacy! These fun, engaging Word Family Activities are a great way for preschoolers, kindergartners, and grade 1 students to learn to read by becoming familiar with the word family concept.

What are Word Families

Word families help students learn to read, while recognizing patterns and words with common phonetic sounds. Teaching these rhyming words allows kids to form a strong foundation for spelling skills and phonemic awareness for reading readiness.

Word Families include short, simple word with short vowel sounds in the middle. Typically you will see a lot of these common family words when teaching young learners:

  • at family words
  • an family words
  • it family words
  • in family words
  • en family words
  • op family words
  • ot family words
  • ug family words
  • and any other common word families your children are working on

These word family ideas are a great tool for early elementary age students!

Word Family Games

Word Families Activities

Kids will have fun improving literacy skills with these fun and free word family activities for prek, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade students. When kids have fun learning, they are more likely to remember what they learned and want to practice. Continued practice with word families will help kids achieve fluency.

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Word Family Games

By using word family games, kids will have fun learning which will make them want ot play over and over again. This interactive literacy practice will help them gain fluency and give them the confidence they need to jump into reading!

This Board Game helps kids practice “in” words. Or if you are teaching o words, try all these Short O Word Family Games

This fun, visual sorting Word Family Game is a great way for early elementary age kids to practice. Another fun way is this free printable Roll & Race Word Family Game

Looking for a more active game? Try this zany Word Family Sponge Bowling

As long as you are supervising web use, try these online word familiy games sorted by family words

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Word Family Worksheets

There are lots of way to teach kids word famlies. You can use free word family worksheets, free word family printables, or hands on word family activites. Either way, you will love using these word family printables to make it quick to set-up these educational, learning activites. Whether you are a parent, teacher, homeschoolers, you will love using these in language arts centers, as extra practice, at home, or as summer learning.

Try these these free printable family word mazes and color the word family worksheets to add to your lessons.

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Special holidays MUST be used for learning, right? Have fun learning word families with these seasonal word family activities:

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So many FUN ways to learn to read word families! Which activity will you children/students want to try out first?

Some other educational activities that are very closely related to word families are CVC Words Activities and Rhyming Words Activities

 

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Have other children you are homeschooling? You will want to check out our pre k worksheets, free printable worksheets for kindergarten, grade 1 worksheets, and free alphabet printables. Plus find our history for kids and easy science experiments for kids or all our free printable worksheets for kids.

About the author

Nadia

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.com about easy and playful activities inspiring you to be your child's first teacher.

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