I am always looking for fun ways to work on early reading skills with the kids.
We love using sight word games as a way to practice not only sight words, but phonics skills as well.
This week we had fun with several apple themed word games, including DIY word sort games with plastic bottle caps to review letter blends we’ve been working on.
We used this as one of our apple activities for kids during an apple unit in our homeschooling adventures. But plastic bottle cap activities like this are simple to make and use any time of year.
Bottle Cap Word Sort Game
- Plastic Bottle Caps
- Black Permanent Marker
- Several Small Containers for Sorting
- Sticky Notes or Masking Tape
This word sort activity can be modified to fit each child’s individual needs.
We have been working on the following diagraphs: “sh,” “ch,” and “th.” So these are the ones we used for this activity.
You can choose to use words with any variety of letter combinations your child is working on.
Use masking tape or sticky notes to label your plastic containers with the letter blends you choose. Using tape or sticky notes allows you to reuse the containers for other diagraphs later.
Next, use your permanent marker to write several words with each letter blend on your plastic lids. Write one word per bottle cap.
Have your child sort all the words into the correct containers.
As they sort the words, have them practice making the sound that each letter blend makes. So, for “s-h” words, they would say, “shh.”
Then have them read the whole word as they put the word into the correct container.
You could do this to sort words with any letter blends your child is working on.
I plan on adding to our bottle cap word collection throughout the year as we work on new diagraphs and blends for more word sort games.
Check out how we also used our bottle caps to play this sight word game.
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