Featured Activity Kit: Word Family Dice

Looking for creative ways to build vocabulary and teach young children about spelling and rhymes? Try the Word Family Dice!

Each side of the six foam dice in this kit has a different word ending on it, such as -ight, -ick, or -ame, for a total of 36 possibilities in all. To use this kit, just roll the dice! The word endings that the dice land on can then be used to build vocabulary and teach rhyming skills, by coming up with words that have the same word ending as the one shown on the dice. For example if a die lands on -ing, you might come up with ringsingspringthing, and king.

Aimed at children just learning to read, the Word Family Dice are a fun way to build language skills in the following areas: decoding and word recognition, identifying spelling patterns, vocabulary development, and recognizing and producing rhyming sounds. The Word Family Dice kit also includes a booklet with a number of suggestions of creative ways to use the Word Family Dice in your classroom. These include, for example, asking all of the children to come up with words for each roll of the dice or asking them to identify the words on a pre-made list which match the word ending they rolled.

The Word Family Dice kit is currently on display on the ground floor of the OISE Library, next to the Circulation Desk. Looking for more activity kits to develop language skills? The OISE Library has many other word-related activity kits, such as Word Topper or the Big Box of Word Chunks. Don’t forget to check out the OISE Library K-12 Manipulatives Database for even more options!

About Cassidy Foxcroft

TALint (Toronto Academic Libraries Intern) at the OISE Library | Master of Information (LIS & ARM), 2018 | University of Toronto
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