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.

Rocket Landings word family game for blending beginning sounds and common endings - FREE Printable

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!

Learning objectives

  • 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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Download and Print the rocket landings word families sheets for FREE and using graphics from My Cute Graphics or get the set from our store.

Scissors

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.

Preparation Needed

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

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.

Rocket Landings word family game for blending beginning sounds and common endings - FREE Printable

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.

Rocket Landings word family game for blending beginning sounds and common endings - FREE Printable

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.

Rocket Landings word family game for blending beginning sounds and common endings - FREE Printable

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.

Rocket Landings word family game for blending beginning sounds and common endings - FREE Printable
More Learning to read resources with our Frog Hop Phonics Game

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.

Cosmic Space Books for your fledgling astronaut, help them soar into the stars with these books for toddlers and preschoolers focused on outer space.

Discover our favourite Space Themed books for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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


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Rocket Landings word family game for blending beginning sounds and common endings - FREE Printable
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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

4 Comments

  1. Fun way of working with word families. I’m a bit scared for when we reach this stage. But with so many wonderful activities like this one that makes it fun I’m kind of looking forward to playing with it.

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