Making the transition from recognising individual letters and the sounds that they make to blending them to form the first words read can be a transition that some children find difficult. I know my daughter did. We used all sorts of fun activities and games to get her blending phonemes and digraphs together to form words she could read. Using the idea of sound buttons in words where each letter or digraph the child presses a “button” on the sound and says it blending it with the others sounds around it so we created our own Frog Hop Phonics Game to blend the words.
Materials needed for Frog Hop Phonics
Laminator or contact paper
Dry Wipe marker
Double Sided sticky Tape
Preparation for Frog Hop Phonics
- Download and print your Frog Hop Phonics from our Store
- Laminate the ponds and the frog.
- Fold along the line so your ponds will stay up.
- Stick the frog to the craft stick so that he can hop from pond to pond sounding out the letters as he goes
Using Frog Hop Phonics Blending
We have been using sounds and letters phases with my youngest – these introduce the different phonemes, digraphs, and trigraphs at different stages of the most common working through to the more complex as they go so using these we have worked through forming simple CVC words like S-A-T, C-A-T, P-I-T, S-I-T up to words using the igh trigraph like light and then words with different graphemes producing the same sound like the “ur” sounds in Burn and Bird and Worm.
Work out what stage you are at with your child and then use the pond to write the word on the pond putting each phoneme on a separate pond. E.g. if the word was cat the “c” would be on the first pond “a” on the second and “t” on the last. Or burn b on the first ur on the second and n on the third.
Now with the ponds facing your child get them to hop the frog behind the ponds saying each sound as they go.
Start off slow and then speed up so that your child is blending the word together quicker and quicker until it is smooth.
When they have that word wipe clean and use a different word.
Real and Nonsense Words Frog Hop
In the UK one of the tests that children do in year 1 of school is a phonics test where they have to read and blend real and nonsense words reading them accurately using their phonics knowledge.
Using the Frog Hop Phonics you can use the same method to get your children to read a mix of real and nonsense words aloud in preparation for both that test and to check that they are getting to grips with the different sounds.
Try these other Real and Nonsense Word Games with Children
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Virtual Book Club for Kids
Don’t worry if you can’t find In a Small Pond by Denise Flemming as we are fans of the theme of ponds and in specific Frogs and we have a Frog Books List to choose from of fiction and non-fiction frog books for toddlers and preschoolers.
Pond Life Activity Ideas for Toddlers and Preschoolers
As part of the Virtual Book Club for Kids we love to provide you with a selection of crafts and activities based on the popular theme by the co-hosts of the Virtual Book Club. So do check out these other ideas for crafts, learning and play for toddlers and preschoolers on the pond theme.
Find a fantastic selection of Frog Activities and Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers in our Hopping Mad Guide to Pond Themed Activities.
Frog Counting and Lunch from Preschool Powol Packets
Edible Frog Life Cycle from Teach Beside Me
Frog Colouring Pages and Learning Activities from J Daniel 4’s Mom
Ducks Matching Activity from Mama Smiles
Over and Under Story Telling Activity from My Story Corner
Pond Theme Movement Game from The Educators Spin On It
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