Making words

Here’s one of the big things I do with my kids to work on their reading. This is mostly aimed at the boys, but I include Princess for her to catch as much as she can that’s thrown at her.

I use several different materials, but the activity is mostly the same. Here’s what we’ve used:

post-it notes, write a letter on each post.

Fridge Phonics letters– I have two sets of these one I inherited and one I bought. I love this, if you don’t have it, buy it. I’ve actually thought about ordering the supplement set of lower-case letters.


See and Spell puzzle– the only annoying thing about this set is it only includes letters necessary for the words you make with it. So, it doesn’t have the more obscure letters, that and since it’s a favorite of the kids the letters sometimes walk off…..

I also use some letters cut out from a workbook, oh and this set:

Here’s how it works. I give them roughly 5 letters: a, m, n, s, t. Then I’ll call out the words and sound them out. They make the words with the letters I gave them. Once they get the word right if they can do it fairly quickly I’ll give them a button for the end of the week reward.

And today for a special occasion, because it looks like snow we used shaving cream.


Before you think I’m totally nuts there’s a lot of benefits to using shaving cream.

1. It’s a great sensory experience.

2. It gives them practice writing their letters as well as hearing the sounds.

3. It cleans the table. That’s the secret teachers learn about shaving cream. It can clean almost anything off a desk. It doesn’t work quite as well on my kitchen table, but it still gets off most bad stains and other problems.


And of course when we’re all done with the shaving cream I wipe down the table and send them to the bath tub, no touching anything before you get there.


Which didn’t quite work this time……

3 thoughts on “Making words

  1. You are not crazy— I LOVE using shaving cream to write letters- my little loves it too! Plus if you paint or do a messy activity then you can do shaving cream on the table and it cleans it all up! love it!
    I agree- the refrigerator alphabet magnets are awesome too!

  2. Your right about the fridge phonics – we have the word wammer – and it's great. As to the shaving cream…my table could use a good cleaning – the real trick would be having it all cleaned up, before my husband came home, and totally lost it 🙂

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