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Try Not to Moo – A Silly Phonogram Game

So what do cows have to do with phonograms? Actually…nothing! But the cows in this silly phonogram game will make reviewing phonograms like S, CH, and AY a ton of fun for your child. But whatever you do, try not to moo!

Prepare Your “Try Not to Moo” Game

  1. Download the “Try Not to Moo” phonogram game.
  2. Print the phonogram and Moo cards back to back and cut them out along the dotted lines.
Try Not to Move game download

Playing “Try Not to Moo”

Are you ready? This could get a bit silly!

Try Not to Moo game cards scattered on table

Select the phonogram cards you want to review with your child and place them in a pile with the phonograms facing down. Be sure to add a few Moo cards to the pile!

Stack of game cards in a pile

Have your child select a card and turn it over. If the card has a phonogram on it, have your child recite all the sounds of that phonogram. (Hint: the numbers on the cowbells indicate the number of sounds each phonogram makes.)

Child holding phonogram card and creating the sounds

If the child correctly recites the sound(s), he can keep the card. If he misses one or more of the sounds, review the sounds together and return the card to the draw pile.

If your child selected a Moo card, she must moo like a cow!

When a "Moo" card is drawn, the child moos like a cow

Continue playing until your child has successfully recited all the phonograms and collected all the cards.

Need help with the phonogram sounds?

  • To view the sounds and sample words for each phonogram, refer to the Phonogram Sounds Record on pages 15-17 of the activity download.
  • To hear the sounds that each phonogram makes, visit our Phonogram Sounds App.

Try Not to Moo! Phonogram Game Options

  • To play with multiple children, create a draw pile for each child.
  • To play with children who are in different levels, include phonograms from each child’s current level and lesson.

What’s your favorite way to review phonograms? Let me know in the comments below!

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Melinda

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Your kids are adorable!! And great job editing this video–it is so easy to follow.

Robin E.

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Awww, thank you, Melinda! ?

Talia

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We love this game! Of course, I stack the deck in my kiddos favor so he always wants to play again!

Robin E.

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That’s a great way to keep your child motivated to keep reviewing, Talia! Good idea.

Jordan

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My kids have loved this game! We just did it with all of the basic letter sounds, and they wanted to play it over and over! Little did they know they’re just basically reviewing flash cards! ?

Robin E.

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Jordan,
That is what’s so wonderful about a really good educational game! It will seem like fun play and nothing more, but it really is so much more. ?

Amy

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I need to incorporate play more. Thanks.

Lauren

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Finding learning games that kiddos of multiple levels can play together is definitely a struggle. I love that they can play this game with each other so one is not feeling left out that the other ‘gets a fun game’ and they don’t. Plus scouring the internet and blogs for the perfect game for each situation is just plain tiring. Ain’t nobody got time fo’ that! This whole program is definitely a blessing for one burnt out, overwhelmed mom. All the resources and activities I could want in one place!

Robin E.

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Many of us at All About Learning Press are homeschoolers, Lauren, so we understand! I hope your kiddos have a lot of fun (and some learning) with this game.

Becky B

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I love that y’all have fun printables and games – for free! We’ve used a few and it’s always a nice break from the norm :) thank you!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Becky! We’re glad to give you a change up from the norm once in a while.

Terri frazier

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Looks like a game my daughter would enjoy!

Therese

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Looking forward to trying this game!

Laura Kirsop

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We are going to try this. Thanks!

Lori Knight

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How cute! I am downloading this one.

Robyn

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I am so grateful for the AAR/AAS systems. Child #2 is learning to read with them, and #3 will be starting in the fall. All of the materials are wonderful and little “extras” like this game are the icing on the cake. Thank you for all that you do!

Robin E.

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You are so welcome, Robyn! ?

Annabel

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It’s all about making it fun. Great idea!

Emily

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We raise beef cows and so my kids were really into this game. This was great fun and now they actually get it out and play on their own outside of “school” time.

Robin E.

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Love it, Emily! When kids want to play a review game during their free playtime, you know it’s great fun!

Aubrey

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So fun!

Jena Roach

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I downloaded this one and my younger intervention students loved using this. I winner

Robin E.

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Thank you for letting us know this was a hit with your students, Jena!

Elizabeth

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Thanks for making games that are fun so my son actually looks forward to learning to read!

Melany wilkins

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So cute

Aimee

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Thank you for all the games you provide, both in the program, and extras like this one. All my children enjoy the games, but my youngest really seems to learn best by using the games. It gives him lots of opportunity to practice the current lesson over and over in a fun way. He doesn’t even realize that learning is happening–he is just having fun playing games!!

Hannah

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A simple twist to make a mundane exercise into a fun game. Looking forward to trying it.

Elizabeth McKlemurry

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Good game idea, thank you!

Jackie Howard

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This is a very fun and engaging activity for practicing phonograms.

Elizabeth Amy

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Too fun! This is a great idea for budding readers.

Sheree keenum

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What a fun idea! My kids will love this.

Valerie

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As soon as my kids saw this with the silly cow, they wanted to play it right away! Thanks for another fantastic resource!

Corrine

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My children and I are so happy with the All About Reading program. All the games are an easy, not much prep work besides cutting it out and they speak to the children’s eagerness for fun while learning. I can’t wait to introduce this one to my kids!

Michelle

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I have a Kindergartner and a 2nd grader. We love this game and app.

Amanda

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What a fun game! This will be great to review sounds with my kids!

Lisa Griswold

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This looks like a lot of fun practicing phonograms. I can’t wait to try it out!

Janna

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This is fabulous. I can’t wait to introduce it to my kids

Amber

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This is really cool. I’m excited to try this with my little one!

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