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Practical Phonics Activities

It’s been half term this last week & although we haven’t been in school, I thought I would share a few of the phonics activities we enjoy. I don’t often share what we do as I rarely have the opportunity to take photos when I am immersed in the activity with the children, but I am often asked questions about what we do. My classroom is too small to have a designated area for it, unfortunately, but we obviously complete lots of activities to support the children’s development in this area.

We follow ‘Letters and Sounds’ in my school & my class work on Phase 1 for most of the year. Of course, I also often have children who are ready for Phase 2 & we are encouraged to begin this phase at the end of the school year. The photos here are activities that have maybe been completed in previous years as well as more recent pictures. None of them are new ideas & lots are games taken directly from the Letters and Sounds scheme…

It takes a long time for the children to be able to hear the sounds in words & lots of the games in Phase 1 are designed to support children develop this skill. The game, ‘I Spy’ seems to have been around forever & is such an easy game to play. I’ve found that just providing a few objects to select from when playing helps, in the early stages. I might only start with 3 objects on a tray to begin with – & of course it’s important that they know what these objects are called!

I prefer to use real objects but sometimes it’s not possible, so I use pictures instead.

If you don’t have any magnetic boards, cheap baking trays work just as well.

Practical Phonics Activities

Simple phoneme frames are useful for this too …

If you’d like a copy of my phoneme grids , you can download them here…

I like the children to see real handwriting as well as printed letters, so this was a really simple activity to set up…

… for specific letters, letters from names, letters to sort etc, etc

These acrylic letters were bought from Cosy a couple of years ago & are fab to link with light play…

Practical Phonics Activities

So many examples of this on Pinterest! We’ve used them to create simple cvc words.

One of my little girls was working on recognising capital letters as she was confident with lower case & I set this up after seeing something similar on Pinterest.

Again, there are lots of examples of this on Pinterest. These particular ones are also for simple cvc words.

I used a whiteboard pen on a mirror in this case, but of course simple letters on paper would do the same thing!

Here I used chalk & left a space for the letter to be created independently at the side of it.

Practical Phonics Activities

Rhyming is a big part of Phase One. I loved the way presented her rhyming activity & got this idea from there.

I varnished letter stickers to these stones – lowercase on one side, & capital letters on the other…

The following photographs are ones I’ve previously shared – either here on my blog, , or …

I used a permanent marker to write the letters on the butter beans…

Junior Scrabble letters are great for this as they are lower case.

Practical Phonics Activities

Most of the children were just playing with these, but a few were able to sound out simple cvc words.

The stamps intended for use with ink were not ideal with play dough as the little rubber pieces started pulling off after lots of use.

Letters written with permanent marker on glass nuggets .

Finding the correct letters to make their names & then using fine-motor skills to decorate them…

If you’d like a copy of my letter outlines, they are here:

Practical Phonics Activities

Hunting for letters from their names…

This was obviously from Halloween, but it works just as well with a simple saucepan!

This was not something I asked this little girl to do. She was playing with the letters & told me she knew the alphabet. When I gave her the baking tray, she chose to place the letters in order, checking them as she went along…

Look at how one little girl made the word ‘Juliet’…

I shared back in August after an ICT Consultant used the iPad to support some phonics work…

Practical Phonics Activities

Handwriting often links in with phonics activities & I provide lots of opportunities for this.

The pattern cards I shared with you in my post are popular & are free to download from there if you wish a copy.

We use our fingers to make marks & attempt to write letters in various mediums as it helps those who don’t yet have finger strength or much control with a pencil. Here are a few examples of the mediums we might use…

Hope you found some of these useful.

This is such a fantastic post Rachel with so many great ideas. This is the stage my students are at so will definitely try some of these at school soon! Keep up the good work ????

Practical Phonics Activities

Rachel on 21/02/2015 at 9:33 am

so many awesome ideas currently working on recognizing what sounds go with what letters we will try a few of these ideas for sure

Rachel on 21/02/2015 at 10:16 pm

I will head over & look at your blog, Angie. Thanks for the comment!

Wow! What a beautiful collection of phonics activities! You have so many great ideas – I can’t wait to start implementing with my son ????

Practical Phonics Activities

We just started working with salt trays recently and I love the variations you showed for writing practice ???? My son haated sensory activities I set up for him with shaving foam when he was smaller. I’m curious to see if he’d like them now for some pre-writing work ????

Thanks for sharing all of your ideas – I’m pinning and sharing on facebook!

Rachel on 22/02/2015 at 8:35 pm

I hope your son enjoys some of the activities!

I’m going to pop over & look at your blog now ????

Practical Phonics Activities

That’s a colourful interesting way to practice language….Thanks Rachel for sharing your ideas.

Rachel on 23/02/2015 at 3:16 pm

Excellent Ideas! I’m teaching my 4 year old CVC word building & could use some! Would love to see your posts in the Practical Mondays Link Up:)

Rachel on 27/02/2016 at 3:16 am

Thanks, Swapna! I will take a look at the Link Up ????

Practical Phonics Activities

Alesha on 03/05/2016 at 5:35 pm

Fab ideas! Which kind of varnish do you use to cover/protect the letters on the glass nuggets?

Rachel on 03/05/2016 at 6:43 pm

Hi Alesha. I just used clear nail varnish – you might need to reapply it after a while ????

obaseki paul on 22/02/2017 at 7:43 pm

Practical Phonics Activities

I love it, is an easy and quick way to learn.

Rachel on 22/02/2017 at 7:44 pm

Charla Gonzales on 25/11/2017 at 2:44 pm

That was a really helpful post. Thanks, Rachel!

Rachel on 25/11/2017 at 6:33 pm

Practical Phonics Activities

kinderteacher on 07/04/2018 at 5:24 am

Can I ask where you got your lowercase acrylic letters – you mentioned cosy? I’m not sure what store/site that is. Do you have more info please? Thanks for all the great ideas!

Rachel on 07/04/2018 at 7:20 am

khadheeja ashira on 21/04/2018 at 9:12 am

Rachel on 21/04/2018 at 10:09 am

Practical Phonics Activities

swetha yamini on 08/12/2018 at 5:41 am

Thank you so much for this post. It is very useful and interesting. For our kid, these kinds of activities are very important.

Rachel on 08/12/2018 at 6:36 am

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It’s been half term this last week & although we haven’t been in school, I thought I would share a few of the phonics activities we enjoy. I don’t often share what we do as I rarely have the opportunity to take photos when I am immersed in the activity with the children, but I am often asked questions about what we do. My classroom is too small to have a designated area for it, unfortunately, but we obviously complete lots of activities to support the children’s development in this area.

We follow ‘Letters and Sounds’ in my school & my class work on Phase 1 for most of the year. Of course, I also often have children who are ready for Phase 2 & we are encouraged to begin this phase at the end of the school year. The photos here are activities that have maybe been completed in previous years as well as more recent pictures. None of them are new ideas & lots are games taken directly from the Letters and Sounds scheme…

It takes a long time for the children to be able to hear the sounds in words & lots of the games in Phase 1 are designed to support children develop this skill. The game, ‘I Spy’ seems to have been around forever & is such an easy game to play. I’ve found that just providing a few objects to select from when playing helps, in the early stages. I might only start with 3 objects on a tray to begin with – & of course it’s important that they know what these objects are called!

Practical Phonics Activities

I prefer to use real objects but sometimes it’s not possible, so I use pictures instead.

If you don’t have any magnetic boards, cheap baking trays work just as well.

Simple phoneme frames are useful for this too …

If you’d like a copy of my phoneme grids , you can download them here…

I like the children to see real handwriting as well as printed letters, so this was a really simple activity to set up…

Practical Phonics Activities

… for specific letters, letters from names, letters to sort etc, etc

These acrylic letters were bought from Cosy a couple of years ago & are fab to link with light play…

So many examples of this on Pinterest! We’ve used them to create simple cvc words.

One of my little girls was working on recognising capital letters as she was confident with lower case & I set this up after seeing something similar on Pinterest.

Again, there are lots of examples of this on Pinterest. These particular ones are also for simple cvc words.

Practical Phonics Activities

I used a whiteboard pen on a mirror in this case, but of course simple letters on paper would do the same thing!

Here I used chalk & left a space for the letter to be created independently at the side of it.

Rhyming is a big part of Phase One. I loved the way presented her rhyming activity & got this idea from there.

I varnished letter stickers to these stones – lowercase on one side, & capital letters on the other…

The following photographs are ones I’ve previously shared – either here on my blog, , or …

Practical Phonics Activities

I used a permanent marker to write the letters on the butter beans…

Junior Scrabble letters are great for this as they are lower case.

Most of the children were just playing with these, but a few were able to sound out simple cvc words.

The stamps intended for use with ink were not ideal with play dough as the little rubber pieces started pulling off after lots of use.

Letters written with permanent marker on glass nuggets .

Practical Phonics Activities

Finding the correct letters to make their names & then using fine-motor skills to decorate them…

If you’d like a copy of my letter outlines, they are here:

Hunting for letters from their names…

This was obviously from Halloween, but it works just as well with a simple saucepan!

This was not something I asked this little girl to do. She was playing with the letters & told me she knew the alphabet. When I gave her the baking tray, she chose to place the letters in order, checking them as she went along…

Practical Phonics Activities

Look at how one little girl made the word ‘Juliet’…

I shared back in August after an ICT Consultant used the iPad to support some phonics work…

Handwriting often links in with phonics activities & I provide lots of opportunities for this.

The pattern cards I shared with you in my post are popular & are free to download from there if you wish a copy.

We use our fingers to make marks & attempt to write letters in various mediums as it helps those who don’t yet have finger strength or much control with a pencil. Here are a few examples of the mediums we might use…

Practical Phonics Activities

Hope you found some of these useful.

This is such a fantastic post Rachel with so many great ideas. This is the stage my students are at so will definitely try some of these at school soon! Keep up the good work ????

Rachel on 21/02/2015 at 9:33 am

so many awesome ideas currently working on recognizing what sounds go with what letters we will try a few of these ideas for sure

Rachel on 21/02/2015 at 10:16 pm

Practical Phonics Activities

I will head over & look at your blog, Angie. Thanks for the comment!

Wow! What a beautiful collection of phonics activities! You have so many great ideas – I can’t wait to start implementing with my son ????

We just started working with salt trays recently and I love the variations you showed for writing practice ???? My son haated sensory activities I set up for him with shaving foam when he was smaller. I’m curious to see if he’d like them now for some pre-writing work ????

Thanks for sharing all of your ideas – I’m pinning and sharing on facebook!

Rachel on 22/02/2015 at 8:35 pm

Practical Phonics Activities

I hope your son enjoys some of the activities!

I’m going to pop over & look at your blog now ????

That’s a colourful interesting way to practice language….Thanks Rachel for sharing your ideas.

Rachel on 23/02/2015 at 3:16 pm

Excellent Ideas! I’m teaching my 4 year old CVC word building & could use some! Would love to see your posts in the Practical Mondays Link Up:)

Practical Phonics Activities

Rachel on 27/02/2016 at 3:16 am

Thanks, Swapna! I will take a look at the Link Up ????

Alesha on 03/05/2016 at 5:35 pm

Fab ideas! Which kind of varnish do you use to cover/protect the letters on the glass nuggets?

Rachel on 03/05/2016 at 6:43 pm

Practical Phonics Activities

Hi Alesha. I just used clear nail varnish – you might need to reapply it after a while ????

obaseki paul on 22/02/2017 at 7:43 pm

I love it, is an easy and quick way to learn.

Rachel on 22/02/2017 at 7:44 pm

Charla Gonzales on 25/11/2017 at 2:44 pm

Practical Phonics Activities

That was a really helpful post. Thanks, Rachel!

Rachel on 25/11/2017 at 6:33 pm

kinderteacher on 07/04/2018 at 5:24 am

Can I ask where you got your lowercase acrylic letters – you mentioned cosy? I’m not sure what store/site that is. Do you have more info please? Thanks for all the great ideas!

Rachel on 07/04/2018 at 7:20 am

Practical Phonics Activities

khadheeja ashira on 21/04/2018 at 9:12 am

Rachel on 21/04/2018 at 10:09 am

swetha yamini on 08/12/2018 at 5:41 am

Thank you so much for this post. It is very useful and interesting. For our kid, these kinds of activities are very important.

Rachel on 08/12/2018 at 6:36 am

Practical Phonics Activities

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It’s been half term this last week & although we haven’t been in school, I thought I would share a few of the phonics activities we enjoy. I don’t often share what we do as I rarely have the opportunity to take photos when I am immersed in the activity with the children, but I am often asked questions about what we do. My classroom is too small to have a designated area for it, unfortunately, but we obviously complete lots of activities to support the children’s development in this area.

Practical Phonics Activities

We follow ‘Letters and Sounds’ in my school & my class work on Phase 1 for most of the year. Of course, I also often have children who are ready for Phase 2 & we are encouraged to begin this phase at the end of the school year. The photos here are activities that have maybe been completed in previous years as well as more recent pictures. None of them are new ideas & lots are games taken directly from the Letters and Sounds scheme…

It takes a long time for the children to be able to hear the sounds in words & lots of the games in Phase 1 are designed to support children develop this skill. The game, ‘I Spy’ seems to have been around forever & is such an easy game to play. I’ve found that just providing a few objects to select from when playing helps, in the early stages. I might only start with 3 objects on a tray to begin with – & of course it’s important that they know what these objects are called!

I prefer to use real objects but sometimes it’s not possible, so I use pictures instead.

If you don’t have any magnetic boards, cheap baking trays work just as well.

Simple phoneme frames are useful for this too …

Practical Phonics Activities

If you’d like a copy of my phoneme grids , you can download them here…

I like the children to see real handwriting as well as printed letters, so this was a really simple activity to set up…

… for specific letters, letters from names, letters to sort etc, etc

These acrylic letters were bought from Cosy a couple of years ago & are fab to link with light play…

So many examples of this on Pinterest! We’ve used them to create simple cvc words.

Practical Phonics Activities

One of my little girls was working on recognising capital letters as she was confident with lower case & I set this up after seeing something similar on Pinterest.

Again, there are lots of examples of this on Pinterest. These particular ones are also for simple cvc words.

I used a whiteboard pen on a mirror in this case, but of course simple letters on paper would do the same thing!

Here I used chalk & left a space for the letter to be created independently at the side of it.

Rhyming is a big part of Phase One. I loved the way presented her rhyming activity & got this idea from there.

Practical Phonics Activities

I varnished letter stickers to these stones – lowercase on one side, & capital letters on the other…

The following photographs are ones I’ve previously shared – either here on my blog, , or …

I used a permanent marker to write the letters on the butter beans…

Junior Scrabble letters are great for this as they are lower case.

Most of the children were just playing with these, but a few were able to sound out simple cvc words.

Practical Phonics Activities

The stamps intended for use with ink were not ideal with play dough as the little rubber pieces started pulling off after lots of use.

Letters written with permanent marker on glass nuggets .

Finding the correct letters to make their names & then using fine-motor skills to decorate them…

If you’d like a copy of my letter outlines, they are here:

Hunting for letters from their names…

Practical Phonics Activities

This was obviously from Halloween, but it works just as well with a simple saucepan!

This was not something I asked this little girl to do. She was playing with the letters & told me she knew the alphabet. When I gave her the baking tray, she chose to place the letters in order, checking them as she went along…

Look at how one little girl made the word ‘Juliet’…

I shared back in August after an ICT Consultant used the iPad to support some phonics work…

Handwriting often links in with phonics activities & I provide lots of opportunities for this.

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