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Fine Motor Long Vowel Activity

My kids love playing games, especially the games that are a bit crazier than usual. My daughter has been learning how to read and last week she started reading long vowel words. It was a bit rocky at first- as she was so used to short vowel sounds but luckily this week’s challenge allowed me to create a fun fine motor long vowel activity.

Who says learning to read had to be boring? My kids enjoyed using this fun gameboard and tongs to create a fun long vowel activity

Fine motor skills should never be taken for granted as they are so important for daily basic functions such as opening a door with a key. I really didn’t want to drill J with flashcards on how to read the short and long vowel sounds, besides that’s not a fun way to learn and reinforce phonics. Instead I created a gameboard for her (and my son) to practice their skills.

WHAT YOU NEED

Before you can start all the fun you need a few things: (Please note that affiliate links are used below for your convenience):

Who says learning to read had to be boring? My kids enjoyed using this fun gameboard and tongs to create a fun long vowel activity

HOW TO PLAY OUR LONG VOWEL ACTIVITY

  1. Print the game board on cardstock and choose a game piece (preferably one that can be easily grasped with a tong).
  2. Gather tongs as well as dice.
  3. Decide if you will be working on short vowels, long vowels or both. Then print and cut out the appropriate cards.
  4. If you are working on both vowels, allow your child to pick a card, read it and then roll the dice. If they roll a 5, then they must move the dice 5 spaces with the tongs. No fingers allowed.
  5. The first player to reach END wins.

THINGS TO NOTE

I was able to differentiate this game for C as he is at the preschool level. He had to identify a letter (upper and lower case) as well as a number. I actually tried to let them race each other to see who could finish first but C was not having any of it after a while. Luckily J was a good sport and played the game a few more times.

Who says learning to read had to be boring? My kids enjoyed using this fun gameboard and tongs to create a fun long vowel activity

 

Here are a few other fine motor activities to try this week.

Nuzhat

Thursday 3rd of May 2018

Excellent ideas