Throughout schooling and life there is a point where something just clicks and we’ve reached that point in preschool with T – she’s got the hang of beginning sounds, she can split a word up into it’s phonemes and spends a large portion of the day saying “Mummy begins with M and it’s M U M EE” or any other word so I’m moving onto reading activities with her. This weeks #playfulpreschool theme is Space and using our knowledge of the letters that she’s learnt we’re starting out on our journey reading with a Rocket Landing Word Families Game.
I’ve prepared a resource for you so that you can use this at home with your kids and I’ve included all letter rockets plus the 2 letter vowel constant word families on the planets to get you started.
Space Themed Printables in Store Now!
- Recognise and sound out some of the basic word families
- Recognise and sound out some letters
- Blend the letter and basic word families into CVC words
Materials needed for Rocket Landings Word Families
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Printer – I recommend the HP Envy series with Insta Ink for producing our playable resources.
Optional – Laminator if you would like to make these word family planets and rocket last longer.
Print out the rocket landings word families and cut up – laminate if you wish and decide how many and which letters you will use – store the rest for another session
Looking for more word family and learning to read activities check out our Word Building Blocks Activity for CVC words.
Rocket Landings Word Families Game
After sorting out the letters – I focused on 3 of the word families – at, ap and it and brought out some of the letters that I knew she would be confident with – I wanted the process of blending the letters to be as easy as possible for her so used letters that I knew she would be familiar with.
I placed the rocket on one side of the table and the planet that it was to land on the other side and we read the letter on the planet and then the word family on the planet.
So with the word CAT – we sounded out C and then AT – as the rocket zoomed towards the _at planet we left less and less gap between the C and the AT until she was reading the word cat without a break.
As we move through learning the letters and the associated sounds we are playing this game with the segmented letter and word family and bringing them together to blend them to form a complete word.
Space Resources for Learning with Preschoolers
Make focusing a little easier with this toddler and preschool friendly telescope ideal for little ones that would like to take a closer look at the moon and stars.
The Shining Stars Projector lets you explore the universe by projecting images of the stars, space around the room – ideal for letting your little ones explore on a larger scale than in a book all about space.
Let their imagination soar and role play heading off into space with this astronaut dressing up costume perfect for little space explorers to wear.
Who says dolls houses have to be homes – this wooden toy rocket will let your little astronauts play out all of their space dreams as the astronauts head off on a mission to Mars.
More Space themed activities for Preschoolers
My Space Book by Powerful Mothering
Space Science Experiments: Venus and Neptune by Learning 2 Walk
Jupiter’s Moons-Counting by 5’s by Capri + 3
Counting & Matching Star Activities for Preschoolers by Life Over C’s
Galaxy Sensory Bin by Tiny Tots Adventures
Rocket Pizzas by Growing Book by Book
Learning about the Moon | Making Moon Bread: by The Educators’ Spin On It
Solar system sun catchers by Fun-A-Day!
Space Scene Play Mat by Mom Inspired Life
Passport to the Planets: A Science Writing Prompt for Kids by Still Playing School
Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.