Make learning to spell fun with this easy game for kids. This roll a star – make a word game connects 1:1 correspondence, fine motor skills, and knowledge of letter sounds into one activity. Play on your own or with a friend.
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Roll a Star – Make a Word | Literacy Games for Kids
Learning Objective: Children will build words of varying lengths.
Ages: 4+ A strong understanding of letter sounds is essential for this game. Modifications for older and younger children following the directions.
Before play: Punch out 6 stars.
Directions to Play Roll a Star – Make a Word
1. Roll the die.
2. Count out the number of stars to match the number rolled. (counting)
3. Choose a word that has that many letters. (phonics)
4. Find the letter beads for that word and place them on the stars. (1:1 correspondence)
5. String the word onto the cord. (fine motor)
6. Pass the die to the next player. Roll again if playing this game on your own.
7. Continue until your lacing cord is full of words.
For younger children.
- Roll for stars. Then place one letter on each star. Call out the name or sound. (letter names)
- Roll for stars and count the stars (counting)
- Make your own die using the numbers 1-3, repeat those 2 times to cover all 6 sides.
For advanced learners
- Encourage children to write the words they have created with beads on paper. (writing)
- Keep a tally of points. Assign one point per letter in each word. The person reaching 30 first is the winner. (numbers to 100, charts and diagrams)