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Archive: May 2014

Phonics game: ‘Phonics i-spy’

Create a phonics i-spy bottle and help children practice their letter sounds. Thanks to The Imagination Tree blog for creating this fun phonics game.

This activity starts of with a treasure hunt (monsters love treasure hunts!) and ends up with a portable phonics game that children can take on journeys or use at home.

Monster tip: You can use a sandpit or a box full of shredded paper to recreate the game in the garden or in school.

Phonics activity: ‘Digraph BINGO!’

This wonderful activity was discovered on the www.education.com website.

‘Digraph BINGO!’ helps children practice the letter pairs that make a single sound.

It’s a fun activity that involves children photographing objects and matching pictures to digraphs. We think children will love shouting “Bingo!” when they match the pictures to the sounds and love hunting for objects to photograph too.

To find out how to set the game up go to: www.education.com.

Please send in your suggestions of any other successful phonics games, activities and resources you’ve made for your students and children, we’d love to share them with our fans.

I was stunned to see how much they enjoyed this. It blew me away.

Matt Lovegrove, Cippenham Primary School

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Why Play?

  • Covers letters and sounds to reading full sentences.
  • Designed in collaboration with leading academics.
  • Computer version is 100% free.

FAQ

Why is the computer version free?

The game has been funded by the Usborne Foundation, a charity set up to support initiatives to develop early literacy.

Our mission is to help as many children learn to read as possible. The computer version is 100% free and we put profits from the app back into the Usborne Foundation, to continue to create new and exciting ways for children to learn.

The charity was founded by Peter Usborne MBE and his children, Nicola and Martin, one of the world’s leading children’s book publishing companies and Children’s Publisher of the Year 2012. He was previously one of the founders of the magazine Private Eye.

What age is it for?

The game is for children in the first stages of learning to read, or for older children who need a bit more practice. Read more details about the three games.

How do children learn from the game?

The game takes children on a magical journey, meeting colourful characters along the way and collecting fantastic rewards. When children are engaged, they’re motivated to learn.

As they progress, they rehearse a range of essential reading skills; matching letters to sounds, blending, segmenting, tricky words and reading full sentences.

Find out exactly what the game covers.

Will it work on my device?

The game runs on any normal laptop or desktop computer (including Apple Macs) and the app works on iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle tablets.

Who are The Usborne Foundation?

Peter Usborne is the founder and Managing Director of Usborne Publishing, one of the world’s leading children’s book publishing companies and Children’s Publisher of the Year 2012. He was previously one of the founders of the magazine Private Eye, and was recently awarded an MBE for services to publishing.

Testimonials

"I was stunned to see how much they enjoyed this. It blew me away."

Matt Lovegrove,
Cippenham Primary School

"The kids absolutely love this game - and they're learning!"

John Hole,
Wray Common Primary School

"This is a fun and engaging way to help your child learn to read. My son warmed to the game quickly and didn't want to stop playing it!"

Sarah Fox,
mum to Leon aged 5

This is a fun and engaging way to help your child learn to read. My son warmed to the game quickly and didn't want to stop playing it!

Sarah Fox, mum to Leon aged 5

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