Got an old scrabble game tucked away on your games shelf? Hunt it out, dust it off and put those tiles to good use with our Build The Word Using Scrabble Tiles Activity.
Materials Needed for Reading with Scrabble Tiles
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Scrabble is a classic family game, you can simply use the tiles from your game, or you can purchase tiles separately. The bonus of using the tiles from your game, is you have a fun, educational family game to play afterwards!
How to use Scrabble Tiles
- Select a variety of vowels that your child has learned or is learning.
- Select a variety of consonants that your child has learned or is learning.
- Your child puts their vowels and consonants in varying order and must read them to you.
- If they read and recognise a real word, they could write them down or take a photo.
Ideas for Words you could Make
Sometimes it can be difficult to think of the words that you could make with your child especially those nonsense words that are important for knowing your child understands phonics.
We have a list of possible words that you can make each week with your child as you support them learning to read.
Extending your Scrabble Tile Activity with your Child
CHALLENGE 1: How many real words can your child make from the given selection of letters? What’s the longest real word they can make?
CHALLENGE 2: Use a little imagination. If your child has created words that do not exist, can they still sound them out and read them? Pretend they have created a brand new word, what meaning could they give that word? You could even start up your own ‘Nonsense word dictionary’ as a fun writing activity.
CHALLENGE 3: Link it to maths! You and your little reader have made a list of words. Add up the numbers on the tiles. Who has scored the most points? Who had the highest scoring word?
TOP TIP: If your child has a sound they have been finding tricky, such as ‘sh’ then make sure you focus on those sounds.