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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.
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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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Cindy

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Looks like a lot of fun.

Georgette H

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So much fun! Thank you!

Ashley

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This looks like so much fun!

Amon Coleman

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We love these games!

brenda s niles

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This looks like a fun activity to use not only with my young students but with my granddaughter!

Holly Cossiboom

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This game looks like so much fun!

Sandra Dufoe

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My grandchildren would love this game.

Christine Knapp

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Thank you for the giveaway opportunity. The Try Not to Moo! game looks hilarious!

Jill Franseen

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These games like so much fun and I have a group of kids that are the perfect age!

Kathleen Jones

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This looks like a great way to encourage emergent readers. I love the fact that it engages the readers and gives them a self-check system, and it’s just silly enough to make them want to play more often. Great idea!

Robin E.

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Thank you, Kathleen. I loved that self-check aspect too. It gives that extra reinforcement of the sounds even if the child is correct.

Susanne

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Love this game!

Jeni Parrish

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So cute!

Patty

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Downloading this game for my kids. Looks like we’ll have lots of fun while learning.

Tonya

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What a GREAT idea!

Sally DePasquale

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Wow! So helpful in explaining an easy way to share with children. Thanks!

Joyce Merchant

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Looks great!

Joyce Merchant

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Looks fun!

Lisa glesil

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A fun game!

Mary

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Cute game!

Kayla Baker

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I can’t wait to play this game with my kids we are still trying to figure this all out.

Robin E.

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I hope you have lots of laughs and fun with this game, Kayla!

Serena

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I can’t wait to play this with my daughters.

Stacie

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Thanks!

Windy

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This is cracking me up- I CANNOT wait to play this game with my kiddos!!! Thank you for the free resources 💚

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Windy. I think this game is going to but a lot of laughs into learning for a lot of families! 😊

Barbara

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Haha! My kids will love this game!

Sheena Vert

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Oh my goodness I love this!!!! Thank you for sharing this. I have already printed it out and will be laminating it right away. I can see playing this at every session!!

Robin E.

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You are so welcome, Sheena. Have lots of fun!

Shawna

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Looks fun cant wait to try it out with the kids.

Andrea

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Love this game idea! Can’t wait to try it out!

Sara

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Great suggestions! I love AAR and AAS!

Kelly Rowlett

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My 5 year old son would love this game!

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