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20 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!

FUN Word Family Activities


Having a book unit/theme or favorite author week? Spell and read with Truffula trees, make Caterpillar word charts or use playdough with these fun Cat in the Hat mats! Use everyday objects and tools to learn! Use Paint sticks, your magnetic letters with ice cream sticks, or reuse and recycle cardboard rolls to spell words!

Special holidays MUST be used for learning, right? Have fun learning word families around St Patricks Day with these rainbow mats and word cards. Or, during Easter, use those plastic eggs for this egg-cellent idea!


During Fall, pumpkin words will be a hit and in Spring flower words!

Learning with themes like superheroes and bubbles sounds like great fun too!
Use these free printable family word mazes and color the word family worksheets to add to your lessons. And get these word family sliders or spinners for interactive learning!



Make little mailboxes like this mailbox activity or go fishing for word families with a fishing game using tiny nets and pingpong balls!
P is for pizza with this pizza word families idea or simply use your letter cards in an alphabet arc to teach reading and spelling.
Have kids that need movement to learn? (In fact, they all do!) Learn on the steps or outside on the sidewalk!


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

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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