I thought I'd post an idea I had for a very simple home-made game that my students absolutely loved. I cut some long strips of poster board and drew lines to section it into 6 squares. I then wrote the word "summer" (one letter in each square). I then cut up several pieces of poster board into small squares and put the letters on those (one set of letters for each student - for example, if you make 3 strips of the word "summer", then make 3 sets of the letters s-u-m-m-e-r, according to how many students are playing.). I also made a couple of silly face cards. I used a green highlighter to scribble on the back of each card so you couldn't see through it. Then, turn the letters over on the table and each student gets a turn to draw a card and place it on their long strip of paper in the appropriate box after they practice their target sound or skill. The first one to spell the word "summer" is the winner. If they get a silly face card, they lose that turn. And, if they get a letter they already have, they have to put it back. I thought I'd make one for different holidays, such as spelling "Christmas", "Easter", etc. I also made a variation on the game so we can play it two different ways. I wrote the numbers 1-6 under each of the letters on the long strip. For this game, each student rolls a dice or spins a spinner and then places a marker on the letter that matches that number. The first one to cover all of their letters win. This was so quick and simple, I thought I'd share it. I hope someone else likes it. I'm always looking for good ideas and am not very creative at all, so I like to keep it simple!
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