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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!

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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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Photo credit: Elaine from Humble Dwelling

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Samantha

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Oh this looks so fun! I can’t wait to try this with my kids.

Kimberly Hess

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We love this game! It’s so fun and really helps them understand.

Robin

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Thank you, Kimberly!

Melissa Romero

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What a fun activity! I love the integration of gross motor movement with learning. I feel children truly embody what they learn with such activity!

Robin

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Melissa,
Yes, great point! Making learning very physical helps so much.

Cassandra

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My boys would absolutely love this!

Robin

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Cassandra,
This activity is such a hit with kids! Enjoy!

Nicole

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I’ve done a similar game with sight words and kids love it! Just make something seem like a game and they don’t even realize they’re learning. :)

Robin

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Great point, Nicole! Fun and games makes such a difference with learning!

April Kelly

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Our kids find this one so fun. We have a math game similar so I know this will be added into the routine

Robin

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April,
I only recently heard about doing something similar to this activity with math facts, but it sounds like a great way to review!

Renee

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Can’t wait to check this out!!

Robin

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I hope you have a lot of fun with this, Renee. It’s such a very active way to review phonogram sounds!

Meg

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This is a fan favorite!!

Robin

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So true, Meg! Thank you.

Megan

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My kids always love this game when we play.

Robin

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Thank you, Megan! So great to hear your kids enjoy this game!

Trish P

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Children having fun and bring engaged always equals more learning!

Robin

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Thank you, Trish!

Tyler

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We loved playing this game!

Robin

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Thank you! We love to hear that the activities are enjoyed!

Thea

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Looks so fun !

Robin

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Thanks, Thea!

Erica

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Cute idea!

Robin

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Thank you, Erica!

Valerie

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My kids love swatting things! This is a great review game!

Robin

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So great to hear your kids enjoy it, Valerie! Thank you.

Meagan

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Soo cute and fun!

Mae-lyn Weathers

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What a cute and fun way to learn

Deborah Hunt

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Great idea! Always looking for ways to turn phonics learning into a game.

Robin

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Game learning is some of the best learning!

Erica

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My kids loved this and learned much quicker than just flash cards

Robin

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Erica,
Yes, such a great point! All About Reading’s and All About Spelling’s flashcards are much more about tracking mastery. They do not have to be used as flashcards are traditionally used. In fact, we recommend all sorts of fun ways to review in our 12 Great Ways to Review Reading Word Cards and 10 Great Ways to Review Spelling Word Cards blog posts!

Haidee

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Great post!! Thanks!!

Robin

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You’re welcome, Haidee!

Jimoh Hikmat

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I love how this game is creative and full of values. Thank you for always providing this insightful resources. I look forward to making use of it with my students soonest!

Robin

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Jimoh,
I hope you and your students have lots of fun with this activity!

Jessica C Stevens

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My kids love all these games. I laminate and use expo markers to write and erase the words/phrases or letters to be practiced.

Robin

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Jessica,
Wonderful tip! Laminating and using dry-erase markers is great for making activities reusable again and again. Thanks!

Sara

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This looks so fun!

Robin

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Thank you, Sara!

Ashley T

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We have been using AAR this year for my 7 year old daughter. We have implemented this game with her word cards. She loves using her swatter! We then switch turns, so she can call words to me because she loves me (mom) to play too. Which is a win-win in my book!

Robin

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What a great way to play, Ashley! I love that she wants you to swat the cards as well. Thank you for sharing this idea to make this game more social!

H Penny

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This seems like such a fun game!

Robin

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Thanks, Penny!

Michelle

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Thank you so much for continuing to provide fun hands-on supplemental activities! They are always the biggest hit with my highly-competitive kiddos. Can’t wait to try this one out!

Robin

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You’re so welcome, Michelle! I hope your kiddos have lots of fun with this one!

stephanie grave

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I look forward to giving this a shot with my daughter!

Robin

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I hope you and your daughter have a lot of fun with this, Stephanie!

Miranda

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This looks like such a fun activity! I love that it’s a printable!

wendy manuel

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My students will love this game and I can connect it to our bug unit in library!

Robin

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Wendy,
Oh, yes! This would be so much fun as a go-along for a unit study on bugs!

And, another great add-on for a unit study on bugs will be our Snug as a Bug review book that is set to release later this year! It will be like our Birds of a Feather and Something Fishy review books that are designed to be used with any level of All About Reading and All About Spelling. Sign up for our email newsletter to be sure to be alerted when the Snug as a Bug review book is released!

Sarah R Kubala

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This was such a fun activity and my kids learned a lot using this game! I think it was effective because the kids were having so much fun, that they didn’t even realize how long they had been playing. Thank you!

Robin

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Sarah,
So true! Kids will review for so much longer when the review is really fun! You’re welcome.

Amy Kass

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These offshoot activities are so helpful. Thank you!!

Robin

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You’re welcome, Amy!