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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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Photo credit: Elaine from Humble Dwelling

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sheila Griffin

says:

I could have sworn I saw a black and white version of this game on your website but with just the uppercase and lower case letters on the bugs. Now I can’t find it. Could you, please repost the link or email it to me. Thank you.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Sheila,
I am unaware of any version of this Swatting Phonograms game with both capital and lower case letters. However, this download includes pages of blank “bugs” that you can add capital letters to. You can print and write the letters, or you can use Adobe Reader’s “Fill and Sign” option to type in capital letters before printing.

We also have a Top 10 Activities for Letter Knowledge blog post that includes a few printable games that include both capital and lower case letters.

sheila Griffin

says:

Thanks for the suggestions!

Caroline Fraser

says:

My two- year-old granddaughter is learning to read – so far loves doing her alphabet cards and naming the letters and their sounds. I’m sure she would love this game.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Caroline,
This is a great game for little ones as it allows them to get so physical!

You may also like to see some of the other games and activities we have for Letter Knowledge. There is lots of fun to be had!

Kay

says:

Thanks for all the games you share on your website!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Kay. I hope you and your student (or students) have a lot of fun with this one!

Kathryn

says:

This looks like great fun and a really engaging way to learn sounds we struggle with – thanks for the great advice and ideas :)

Marianna Schultz

says:

This will be a great thing for my student who is having problems with her sounds. Thanks!

Elle

says:

This game looks like it would be a lot of fun for kids and have them learning at the same time.

Becky

says:

Love it when we find ways to make learning fun. This hits the mark!

Sarah

says:

This looks like fun. We’ll have to try it!

samantha

says:

That is actually a really fun game. My five year old is getting the hang of it I hope to have him playing it at the end of the week.

Rachel

says:

Oooo this is such a fun idea. Thanks for sharing!

Kristin Girod

says:

Perfect game for my boys!!

Val Clark

says:

I’ve been wanting to purchase AAR, but need 4 different levels! It is not exactly cheap, I wish the app was included with purchase price. It is such an outstanding app they could probably make a decent profit from non AAR users. There is nothing else like it out there, I have searched.

Bethany Morrison

says:

What a fun game!

Joanna Adams

says:

This activity is perfect for my youngest. She struggles with reading and things that involve action help her retain what she’s learning.

Liz K

says:

How fun! Thanks for the idea! I can see this working with lots of other topics too!

Nichole

says:

What not to love about swatting bugs! Thanks for the download!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Nichole. 😊

Ashley Chesmore

says:

How fun is this?! I remember doing something similar in my 9th grade Spanish class. It sure made things a lot more interesting and fun. I have used the swatting method with my family here just for the letter alphabet and other things. Thank you very much for the free download.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Ashley, I love that you did something similar with 9th-grade students! It shows that SMACKING something is a great motivator regardless of the student’s age. 😊

Kandy deleon

says:

looks like fun

Amy Lingg

says:

love this! Thank you

Janel A Blakely

says:

My preschoolers love bugs. Thank you for sharing

Becky

says:

Looks like a great idea for motivating preschoolers!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Janel! I hope your little one has a lot of fun with this.

Nicolle

says:

Great idea!

Sally

says:

I’ve always said that games are the best curriculum for young kids.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Yes, Sally! When learning is fun it sticks better. 😊

Deborah

says:

Thank you so much for the beautiful games. I really all the wonderful colorful games.

Hollie

says:

This will be perfect for my stubborn reader. He’ll have an opportunity to smack something and I really think this will help motivate him to read. I think we’ll read some Frog and Toad to accompany the game.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Hollie,
I love the idea of enjoying some Frog and Toad books to go along with swatting phonograms! I’d love to hear how it goes.

Ally George

says:

This looks so cute! Can’t wait to try it with my 6yo.

Felicia Hernandez

says:

Ohhh Mtyy WHAT A FUN FUN WAY TO LEARN!!! Im going to add this to our Summer School Program!! Tytytyty for sharing

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Felicia. I hope you and your students have a lot of fun swatting!

Tamara

says:

My kids really enjoy this. Thanks for sharing such fun activities!

auschick

says:

I love this! I think I’ll play this with my son tomorrow morning!

Carlychan

says:

Thank you so much for sharing! My kids will LOVE it!

this great for
me… thank’s

Chen

says:

A great fun way to review phonograms

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