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50 FUN Word Family Activities

Learning to read by learning to read word families is a great way for young children to start off with their literacy journey. Here are 20+ fun ways to learn to read with these word family activities!
20 FUN Word Family Activities for early readers - free word family printables for kindergarten and first grade students to improve literacy skills. #wordfamily #homeschooling #literacy

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 Family 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.


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


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.

I’m working on making more free word family worksheest to add to this list in the coming months! Yahoo!


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

Winter / Snowman

Valentine’s Day

St Patricks Day

Spring / Flowers / Easter


Fall / Halloween / Thanksgiving

  • Puzzles are a fun way for kids to put together various pieces with the same word patterns. Try these free pumpkin pie word family puzzles,
  • Kids will have fun sliding the slips through these Pumpkin Word Family Sliders to read lots of simple words. Plus when kids slid the strips through they will have the benefit of picture clues too!
  • During Fall, pumpkin words will be a hit
  • Give the turkeys his feathers by sorting the words families in this fun Thanksgiving themed actity for early learners


  • Decorate the Word Family Christmas trees in this super cute literacy activity where kids will put the ornaments on the correct trees by phonemic sound

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

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


Don’t miss all our amazing grade 2 worksheets  and 2nd grade activities with 300,000+ different ideas to make learning FUN! Or sneak in some seasonal kids activities to make the most of these precious early years!

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 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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