At this moment, you will find LEGO on my kitchen table, dining room table, both of the boys’ rooms, and covering about one-third of my kitchen floor. My family is a bit obsessed with the building blocks. They keep building and I keep looking for ways to incorporate literacy learning into their LEGO play. Enter the LEGO Frog Hopping Phonics Game.
We designed this game to practice blending cvc words. You could easily adapt the words to your child’s needs or even write letters to build alphabet recognition for younger children.
LEGO PHONICS GAME
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Getting Ready to Play
LEGO pieces for your frog (Parts List)
brown, green, and blue LEGO piecesLEGO base
Ready to Play
First, you need to build your frogs and playing board. This is a two person game so you will need to make two frogs. We used kit 40214 that we received on a local visit to a Lego Discovery Center. I’ve included the parts needed (see above) to build the one pictured, but I couldn’t find a link to the directions. You could design your own though.
For the board, you will need a sand base. Make two rows of “pond” with flat blue plates. Then create brown “logs” and plop them into the pond.
Then, you need a green flat plate as your “lily pad” finishing spot.
You will also need a 2×2 brick to use for the game.
Finally, you need word cards. Write simple cvc words on each card.
Time to Play
Place your frog below a row of the pond. The first player reads one of the cards. If he blends the word correctly, he gets to roll a 2×2 LEGO piece.
If the piece lands with the nubs up, then the player moves two logs. Nub side down means you move one space. And, if the piece lands on its side, then “SPLASH” the frog returns to the starting position.
The first frog to make it to the lily pad wins.
So, it’s a little LEGO building, a little reading, a little luck, and a whole lot of fun!
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