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“Swatting Phonograms” – A Fun Phonogram Activity

Looking for a fun way to review phonograms? “Swatting Phonograms” is a fantastic hands-on activity that your child will love! It’s fast paced, engaging … and just a little bit gross. Perfect!

click to download Swatting Phonograms

Instructions for “Swatting Phonograms”

  1. Download and print the swatter and bug cards.
  2. Cut out and assemble the swatter and laminate for added durability.
  3. Cut out the phonogram cards for the level you wish to play.
  4. Start swatting phonograms!

Playing “Swatting Phonograms”

Arrange a selection of bug phonograms on the floor or table. (This might be the only time you don’t mind having bugs on your kitchen table.😊) Be sure to select only the phonograms that your child has learned.

Say the name and/or sound of a phonogram and have your child find the phonogram and “swat” it with the swatter.

Keep going until all the phonograms have been swatted. Repeat any phonograms that your child had trouble with.

More Fun with Your Swatter

There is no limit to the fun that you can have with your swatter. Here are three more ideas:

  1. Scatter your bug cards around the room. Say the names and let your child run around the room to find and swat the phonograms. Turn up the fun a notch by timing each attempt!
  2. Reverse roles. Let your child take a turn at dictating the names or the sounds of the phonogram cards while you swat them.
  3. Need to review word cards instead of phonograms? Play the game with a selection of word cards from your child’s reading or spelling review box.

Can you think of more fun ways to use your swatter? Leave a comment!

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Catherine

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How does the bug cards stick to the flyswatter please?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Catherine,
The game is to “SMACK!” the bugs; they aren’t supposed to stick to the flyswatter. However, you could try adding double-sided tape or something like it. If you try it, let me know how it goes.

Shayla Shuman

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What a great game!! My son loves to use the fly swatter and this adds learning to it!

RUBY

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This looks awesome, and so fun. I love when I can combine learning with fun!

Claire Levesque

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This looks like fun! We might use putty or something that resembles a frog tongue to grab the bugs because my child loves animals.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Claire,
I like that idea! It would be extra fun for the bug to stick to the swatter.

Jamie

says:

Love these hands on activities!

Kristy

says:

My kids would love this game! Can’t wait to try it!

Sacha

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My son loves these kinds of games. Anything to make learning fun!

Elizabeth

says:

Looks fun

Alexa Humphries

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Cute idea!!

Amber

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As always from AA Lesrning, another great hands on technique! You could swat review cards!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Amber,
Yes! The download includes blank “bugs” too, so you could right in review words if your student would prefer to swat bugs, but it is even simpler just to lay the review cards down and swat away.

Melissa

says:

I love this! Downloading now!

Sarah

says:

This is a great activity for boys!

Susan Goldberg

says:

Place numerals on table, wall, or around room. Student is given a math problem to solve and swats the answer or you can give student a number and have student swat at the problem.

You can also use this with vocabulary words and definitions (any subject) or finding sight words.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Great ideas, Susan! I especially love the change up with math, swatting both the answers and the problem. Thank you for sharing these!

Sarah J

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This is one of our favorite games to play!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thanks for letting us know you enjoy this one, Sarah!

Jessica M

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We will have to do this! My kids loved a similar activity we did a couple months ago from AAR 2!

My son would love this game! Fun way to learn!

Nicki

says:

My little guy will love this game!

Jade

says:

Oh what fun!

Josie Iverson

says:

This is so cute, what a neat idea!

Jessica

says:

My girls loved this game. Something different to break up the worksheets

Christy

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Love the idea! I love making learning fun!

Christy

says:

Cute idea!

Elizabeth

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I am so not creative so I appreciate the ideas to make learning fun!!

Jucinda Willoughby

says:

Super cute!

Christine

says:

Looks fun

julie

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love this!

Carole

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What a great idea! Thank you for sharing these great ideas for free!

Jennifer Lodge

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I love your materials and the fact that you have fun games to go with it!

Christie

says:

Really cute!

Sharon

says:

Super fun idea!!!!

Candice

says:

My kids are always wanting to play with my fly swatter so this would be a perfect game in our house!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Candice,
There is something about fly swatters that are very attractive to kids. I think it’s that lovely “SMACK!” sound they make. ;)

June Bewley

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Great game. Thank you for your hard work.

Johanna

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I have played a game similar with my children and they loved it, so I love this idea!! Thankyou

Cynthia

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This looks like such an interesting way to work on memorizing and reinforcing phonograms! Kids will love it!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

My kids certainly love this activity, Cynthia! :D

Kayla

says:

This is such a cute game!

Melissa Mezger

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Thank you for giving us a new way to practice phonograms.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Melissa. I hope you have a lot of fun swatting those phonograms!

Mira

says:

What fun game idea! I love all these creative ideas! Very inspiring!

Karen

says:

These look great! I’d be keen to try them with my little boy! Thank you

Abbey F

says:

My boys will love this — thank you for such a terrific idea!

Katie Amberson

says:

We are definitely going to use this for some of our word card review! My kids are going to Love this!

Katie Petrino

says:

I love this!!

Jenn Khurshid

says:

What a fun idea! Thank you!

Allyce

says:

I love this idea! Thank you. I am prepping for it and will play on Thursday!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I hope it’s as big a hit in your home as it has been in mine, Allyce! Let me know how it goes.

Lynn

says:

My son will absolutely love this! Thanks!

Susanne

says:

Thanks for the great idea and resource!

Darlene K.

says:

I think my little one will love this game

Dana Combs

says:

My younger 2 would love this.

Kecia B

says:

My four year old would love this!

Andrea

says:

Sounds fun!

Sarah Bout

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I am so excited to start this material with my kiddos!

Kristy

says:

This is a great idea

Ashley

says:

I could use this idea with sight words!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Ashely,
The game download includes blank “bugs” so you could use the game with any kind of review you want to do! I was thinking it would be great to put numbers on the bugs and then I could call out something like, “56,” and my student would need to smack 8 and 7. I think it would be a fun way to review multiplication facts!

Melissa

says:

Love this! Thank you for sharing!

Day

says:

Perfect for my active learner!

Carol

says:

Looks like a fun game for kids to play. Thank you.

Ashley Gatlin

says:

I love this idea! My children love games so I am excited to try this with them! Thank you!

Amazing idea ! Can’t wait to use this for my next center!!

Kamilie

says:

We are still working on Alphabet Recognition so we are going to play this game with letters!!

Sherry

says:

I think playbased learning is very important. This game is great!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Sherry,
I agree! Play learning is important in so many ways. :D

Stephanie Slusher

says:

Awesome activity and it keeps my child learning and entertained

Beth

says:

This looks like it will be very engaging for my children!

Laura

says:

Thank you! This looks awesome!

Cathy Tonks

says:

We love the fun games!

Gale

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OK, that is super fun! Reminds me of a birthday party game we once did where we put velcro on paper bugs and the reverse velcro on one of those roll up party horns (the ones that don’t make nois, they just unroll when you blow on them) then we played “frog” and zapped the buggs. You could do it without the velcro with just one kid…but hitting them with that party horn while pretending to be a frog is super fun.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Gale,
I love your “frog” idea! It would be hilarious and so much fun. Thank you for sharing this idea.

Carol

says:

What a fun game! The kids will love it.

Karena Kersten

says:

This is so much fun for kids!

Jennifer Cummings

says:

Can’t wait to try this with my son he is 3 now but he will love it

Anita Flinchum

says:

Always find new, innovative and fun learning ideas with you.

Kathleen Clark

says:

What a novel and fun idea!

Kate

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I can’t wait to try this!

Jenny

says:

Great ideas

Raquel brown

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Love this idea and falling in love with how my kiddos enjoy this program it’s been a blessing for our first few months of home schooling

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Oh, Raquel, I’m so pleased that your first few months of homeschooling are going well!

Eli’s Mom

says:

We’re not here yet, but my son is going to LOVE this game!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I think you could adapt this game easily for even nursery school learning. The download includes blank black and white bugs. You could color them and use the game for practice colors. Or put shapes on them and use them for practicing shapes. Or make pairs and your son could SMACK! the pairs. There are lots of things you could review with this game. It’s very adaptable.

Gessyca Lord

says:

You’re right! Great ideas! Thanks!

Meredith Sauer

says:

This looks so fun! I’ll be downloading it!

Tauni

says:

My boys love these kind of games! Thank you!

Michelle Seetoh

says:

So fun! Time to do this for my girl. :) She will love it

Shantelle

says:

Such a great idea!

Sally Chancellor

says:

Haha, this is great. My kids will love this, thanks!

Stephanie Rojas

says:

Both my son and daughter would find this game FUN, especially since I find bugs to be gross!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Stephanie,
I can just imagine the giggles and laughter! Have lots and lots of fun with this. :D

CindyH

says:

This looks fun! Thanks for the idea.

Dandi D

says:

This would be a wonderful activity to do with my son this summer!

Kandi

says:

Wow! This looks like a lot of fun! Going totry with my youngest!

Judith Martinez

says:

I would love to try this game with words.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Judith,
The game’s download includes blank bugs so you can write words in. If you laminate the bugs, you can even write words with a wet-erase marker and then wipe it clean for a new word. However, you can just use the All About Reading word cards too. Kids mostly like the smacking anyway!

April

says:

So creative!

Tracy Kemp

says:

Excited to try it!

Lisa Annette

says:

Love it! What a fun way to reinforce phonogams. Just need to buy a new flyswatter!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Lisa,
Just a few days ago, I found 2-packs of swatters for $0.99 in the cleaning products aisle of my grocery store.

Lindsay

says:

Love this idea!

Krista

says:

Looks super fun!

CLAUDIA MONTANO

says:

This game sounds so much fun, Im preparing it to play with my son today!! Thank you

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Claudia,
Let us know if your son enjoys it!

Carolyn

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Love all the hands on learning!

Carolyn

says:

Love all the hands on activities with All about learning!

Mallory C

says:

My kids would love this!

Sarah McCaffrey

says:

This is a fantastic idea to get my daughter moving while being on task. Thank you!

Yvette Jimenez

says:

What a fun activity!

Angie

says:

Great idea!

Tracie

says:

So many opportunities to make spelling fun!

Elizabeth

says:

I’ll admit I always think it would be easier to just read the words, but my daughter flourishes with hands on activities such as this one. Keep up the awesome work!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Elizabeth,
I know what you mean. Sometimes it would be faster and easier just to read the words and move on. But these extra things make the review fun and keep motivation up. I found with my kids that setting aside one day a week for fun review was a good compromise between my children’s desire for activities and my desire for easier and faster review.

Jewel

says:

Perfect for my little one

Shakeeta W

says:

Looks like a lot of fun!

Sarah Gentry

says:

We made a homemade version of this and it was a hit literally lol

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Sarah,
I love your pun! Thanks for letting us know that this review activity was successful for your student.

Jessica

says:

What a fun activity! Anything that includes hitting things with a fly swatter would interest my son.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jessica,
There is something very satisfying with that SMACK! of the swatter. :D

Trina Greene

says:

What a fun activity and cheap! Love creativity!

Loreen G

says:

I love the games you provide. They are a fun and helpful addition to the regular curriculum. Thank you!

Trina Greene

says:

What a blast and a cheap fun way to learn! Too bad live bugs don’t have words written on them…

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Trina,
What a funny thought! I don’t know if that would make more people read or less. :D

Sharon

says:

My son would love this!

Krista

says:

Haha, this looks fun and cute!

Katie O.

says:

Wow! Such a simple and fun review game! I love the idea and am looking forward to trying it!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I hope your students have a lot of fun with it, Katie!

Melody

says:

What a great tactile game! I think my older students may even be “game” to play this one. ;) Thanks for the ideas!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Melody,
Yes, this game gets a lot of enthusiasm. There is something really fun about WHACKING! at flashcards.

Kim

says:

Thanks for sharing these downloads.

Kendra Waind

says:

We review key cards with the swatter too! I have a list of answers that we put on the board and I’ll ask the key card questions. The students have a race to see who can swat the answer first. It’s so fun! For ex. I will ask when do we use /j/ three letter /j/ (dge) and they have to swat “right after a short vowel.”

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Kendra,
Oh, what a great active idea! Thank you for sharing it.

whenita

says:

thank about it. it help our students.

Tracy

says:

What a fun idea! We are definitely going to try this. My son moans about review cards but he loves to smack a flyswatter!

Beth

says:

What a fun way to review! Easy to put together, easy to use, and what child doesn’t enjoy smacking a fly swatter?

Merry

says:

LOL, yes!

Ingrid

says:

Very great activity for reading phonograms . It can be used to reinforce many other reading skills.

Renae

says:

What a fun phonogram activity! I love the hands on component that helps with hand eye coordination. You’re being featured as part of a Phonogram Activity Round Up at Every Star Is Different!

Merry

says:

Thanks Renae, great post!

Cathy

says:

Use with High frequency words to help kids learn them automatically … read the word – heve the splat the correct word … later read a story and have them splat the words they hear in the story … this would be very easy to adjust to different learning levels.

Thanks for the ideas!

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

Good ideas for using the Swatter, Cathy! Thanks for sharing!

Ingrid

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they can say “swat” as they hear the words being read in the story.

Cathy

says:

Thank you for this idea! I love it! I have some first grade intervention students who can’t remember sight words. This will be a great activity for them.

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