While doing a purge of toys in our playroom I found 3 cheap puzzles I bought years ago that have never once been played with. I popped two into the donate box but kept one to make these easy word puzzles for my son. The unique thing about these word puzzles is that the shape of pieces help give the players clues to the correct word choice. This goes along with the question that we often ask new readers as they work on reading new words ” Does the word fit?” and this game helps work on those new reader skills.
- Gather your materials. Both of these games require almost nothing. Puzzle pieces, markers and paper.
- Write out a few pages with something along the lines of ” These words rhyme with ____.” Make sure to use words that your child can read for the main word on the paper. For the matching words you write on the puzzle pieces add one or two words that may challenge them a little. Trace the puzzle pieces on the paper for an added clue.
- After writing out a few pages and corresponding pieces with rhyming words add a few puzzle pieces that do not rhyme to add into the mix.
- Play. I set both games up and presented them to him at the same time – scroll down for the 2nd game instructions.
- Hmm does the word fit ? Yes! My son enjoyed this and understood that he could sound the words out to match the rhymes as well as check if he was correct with the shapes matching as well.
This activity was a huge hit. My son was in stitches and learning at the same time.
- Write out simple sentences that appeal to your child with some words missing. Leave large spaces. The ones I wrote for my son included sentences like ” I forgot to put the milk in the fridge and now it smells so gross.” and ” The enemy place dropped a bomb on the base but no one was injured.” Write what will interest your child, it will make all the difference. Make figuring out the sentence fun and worth it.
- Write the missing words on puzzle pieces and trace them on the paper.
- Make sure to add words on other puzzle pieces that don’t make sense but are in the same shape as the ones that do. This is what makes it funny. Funny is good, laughing while learning is a fantastic thing.
- Play. Start by reading it.
- Now find the right missing words.
- Read the whole thing when the puzzle is done.
- With the next sheet he was laughing so hard I was worried he was going to wake his sleeping sister. It would have been worth it.