This past week, our almost 5-year old daughter wrote her first unassisted poem.
So, we knew she was ready to start building more simple words!
We made the wooden sensory alphabet discs a few months ago but wanted to expand on that concept a little further.
I saw this version of word building blocks on Playdough to Plato “Word Rocket” which used stickers and markers. We still had a bunch of fabric paint left over from the wooden sensory alphabet disc project. I wanted to use the rest of the puffy fabric paint which would also allow the kids to trace the raised letters for an additional sensory learning experience.
We made one set of blocks in upper-case letters and one set in lower-case letters.
The letter endings were color-coded to enable early readers to match the colors to form initial word-endings.
For instance, all first letters are RED and all word endings correspond: ”in” endings are white, “en” word endings are green, etc…
(See the end of this post for the tutorial and some printables so you can make your own!)
Our daughter started off with “pat”….
And cube turns made “pit”…
Even our three year old son, who is not reading yet, loves to touch the letters and play with the blocks….
We created two printables that show color-coded three-letter word variations that your children can use as a guide or as an error-identification tool.
Once your kids have mastered simple word-building, they can use these blocks for more advanced reading activities!
For more challenging word-building:
- Mix upper and lower-case letters to form words in Title Case (Dog, Cat, Pig, etc…)
- Make word endings without color-coded matches.
- Form shorter or longer words
You can use this chart as a guide to forming your own sensory color-coded word-building blocks!
To make an upper and lower-case set, you will need:
- 14 Wooden Blocks (Hobby Lobby sells packs of 6 x 1.5 inch cubes for $2.99. Buy 3.)
- 7 Fabric Paint colors (Blue, Green, White, Orange, Black, Red, Yellow)
- 1 multi-compartmented jewelry case ( Hobby Lobby sells one for $2.99
This is a pic of completed Side 1. I allowed it to dry for 8 hours.
Helpful Tip: For uniformity, turn all blocks in the same direction to draw letters of the next side of the chart.
And here is Side 2 completed.
Do this until all 6 sides are done and dry!
2) Print the two charts below and place in a sheet protector or clear folder to include with the blocks for your child’s reference.
And that’s it!
Let us know if you try them!
WHAT OTHER READING ACTIVITIES HAVE YOU FOUND HELPFUL AS YOUR CHILDREN BEGIN THEIR EXCITING JOURNEY TOWARD LITERACY?