Each week my daughter has a new list of CVC words to practice at home. Sounding out each of the letters and blending them together to make new words is challenging for young children. But like most things, the more practice you do, the more confident you become.
When your are 4 or 5 years old, all you want to do when you come home from Kindergarten is eat and play. But the reality is that homework has to be done. So to make homework feel more like playtime, I like to make it as fun and hands on as possible (and always after we have had a snack).
We have been clearing out our shed in preparation for the new growing summer growing season. I have been practicing at gardening for a few years now and I have finally found a few things that I can grow successfully. We found a stack of mini flower pots, which we brought inside to use in a fun CVC word building game.
An Invitation to Plant CVC Words
First, gather your materials.
I cut out a stack of flower petal shapes from the glitter card and added a letter to the center of each one. Then secured the flower onto the top of a popsicle stick for easy planting. If you are making this game for a small group of children, then make multiple flowers of each letter and make sure to have a bigger stack of mini flower pots to hand.
I loaded wholemeal flour into a deep tray and laid out the flower pots and flowers ready for play.
Playing the Game
I settled my daughter into the activity by asking her to fill her flower pots with “soil” to get them ready for planting her flowers in. She scooped, poured and patted down her flower pots until they were all full to the top.
We started out with the first CVC word on her homework list. Sounding it out and then hunting for the correct letters on her flowers. Once she had gathered them altogether, she attempted to plant them in the correct order. Then sounded out the word again for extra reinforcement.
She was still happy to keep playing once we had worked our way through her homework list. So we started to experiment changing 1 or 2 letters in a word to make new CVC words.
This turned out to be such an engaging activity for my daughter and her confidence soared as we played together. I can see us adding more flower pots to this game as the words on her homework start to grow.