Whether you want your children at home to explore word families, short vowel sounds or build words this fun reading and building words set will be fun to explore. While this was designed as a preschool reading activity, you can totally use it with older children.
Preschool Reading Activity- Build and Reading Words
Before you can start this preschool reading activity, you will need to download a copy of Reading and Building Words Under the Sea Printables. Since your children will want to use this activity over and over again, you may want to print this activity out of card stock.
Exploring This Preschool Reading Activity
There are a variety of ways to explore this preschool reading activity. While I am going to share a few of the ways I have come up with, you will probably be able to come up with much more to do with these printables.
One Vowel at a Time
Your children can explore one vowel at a time. They can try to make as many words as they can with just one of the vowels on the mat. You may want them to read as well as spell each of the words. Then they can move on to another vowel.
Make a Word for Each Vowel
This preschool reading activity invites children to come up with one word for each of the vowels using the fish letters available. When each vowel has a letter in front of and behind each vowel, they can read the words.
Children are asked to place a letter behind one of the vowels. They are then to create as many words as they can that are in that word family by placing fish letters in front of the vowel.
Adding Just Two Letters
Just two letters will be used in this activity. Your children are asked to place one consonant letter in front of the letter a and one after it to make a word. Then they will slide the two letters down to the letter e to see if they make a word. They will continue to slide the letters down the rest of the vowels to see if they make words.
It will be fun to see how many words those two letters make. Once they have tried making words with those two letters, they can select two more letters to try to build words with.
If you like this ocean themed preschool activity, here are some more ocean themed printables you will want to explore: