As we move past CVC Words into blends and now digraphs, kindergarteners are starting to really gain momentum with reading! This Digraphs Board Game is a great way to introduce beginning readers to digraphs without requiring them to sound out the whole word, which they might not be ready to do. Listening for the digraphs in these words will help them gain recognition of when to use those sounds in writing and reading. Plus, it is so fun to play board games!
To prepare the game, print the game board page. Then, print the playing card pages on cardstock or scrapbook paper.
Printing on scrapbook paper gives the cards a fun back design, while also making it so that the kids can’t see through the cards and cheat.
Before allowing the children to play on their own, go through the playing cards with them, making sure that all the kids understand what the pictures are showing. Words like shadow or thermos may be confusing to kindergarten students.
How to play:
Place your marker on the “Start” of the board game. Place all the cards upside-down on the “Card Draw Pile”.
Choose a player to go first.
The player will draw a card from the pile and read the word or say the name of the picture on the card. Then the player will move their game marker to the next space that has a picture contains the same digraph as their card.
If a player lands on a space with an arrow, they will follow the arrow to the new space.
If a “star” card is drawn the player will head to the closest star space, even if it is behind them.
To win by landing on the last word “whale”, the player must draw a card that has the “wh” digraph.
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