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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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Jonie

says:

This does look like a game my child would be interested in. She loves all the silly games connected with the curriculum!

Isylma Edge

says:

This looks so fun! My girl would enjoy this.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Isylma. I hope your girl has lots of fun with this!

Laura Smith

says:

Oh my gosh, this looks so fun!

Anil Kinger

says:

Lovely!!!

Brianna

says:

This looks like it is a great game and I may have to get it for my son. I believe he would love it!

Sheree

says:

This game is fantastic for teaching phonics. My nephew would absolutely love this game as he loves his animals and playing games. This would help him with his learning as he gets very bored with his learning if there is no ‘fun’ attached to it, so this would keep his interest much longer.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Sheree,
I think most people prefer when there is “fun” attached to our work or learning! I hope your nephew enjoys this game as much as you think he will.

sherin

says:

grt game!!

sherin

says:

This looks interesting!

Andrea M Ashley

says:

Oh my goodness my son would love this game! We have not used and All About Spelling or Reading but I am seriously considering it. He just isn’t interested in typical school. He is extremely smart and enjoys learning however its what he wants to learn and how so something kinesthetic audio and visual seems to be what draws him in. Thanks for sharing this post!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome for the game, Andrea! We have a couple of other games on our How to Teach Phonograms blog post too.

Let me know if you have questions about All About Reading or All About Spelling, need help with placement, or anything else.

Jennifer You

says:

what a fun game!

Charissa Reed

says:

This looks fun!

Kristin

says:

This looks like a fun game! I can’t wait to play with my child.

Rebecca Spotswood

says:

The games are my favorite way!

Amanda

says:

I love this review idea. My kids loathe just flipping through cards. This would be a great way to mix things up.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Yes, the review cards can be less than fun, Amanda. Our How to Teach Phonograms includes three other games in addition to this one for reviewing phonograms. But if you need even more ideas for keeping phonogram review lively, let me know!

Lora

says:

This looks like such a neat supplement! My kids love anything in game form so this could be a hit. Thanks for the resource!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Lora. I hope your kids have a lot of fun with this!

Sandria

says:

Very creative game!!

Kandi

says:

This sounds like a fun game to play.

Hannah Wolf

says:

Such a fun game! We love AAR!

Zorah F

says:

What a fund way to learn and practice phonograms!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Zorah.

Carly Hays

says:

Sounds like a great way to keep kids motivated while practicing! We will definitely be doing this!

roxana

says:

Wow this looks so fun ! Sillyness is always a win. I will be adding this to my cart.

Devon

says:

This looks like fun!

Angela

says:

You always have such fun games. My daughter loves them way more than the ones I come up with!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Angela. It’s great to hear your daughter enjoys them so much!

Lindsay

says:

My oldest loves games so this is a great idea!

Darby

says:

I love the idea of so many games for learning with my son, I only wish I would’ve discovered these programs sooner!

Sarah C

says:

How fun! My 6 year old LOVES the AAL games, thanks for making learning fun!

Anna

says:

We are reviewing phonograms daily–this will be a great spot of fun!

Brooke

says:

We don’t do a lot of screen time at our house, so my kids really like being able to click around in the All About Spelling app.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Great to hear, Brooke. The Letter Tiles app is not a game, but it does seem to encourage playing!

Melinda

says:

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

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Awww, thank you, Melinda! ?

Talia

says:

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

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

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