Phonics Fun – Phonics Bus Z

Hello everyone,

Another new game for you to play today!  This is a fun game that can be played a variety of ways.  This is also another game that, with a little bit of practice children can play with their older siblings and independently.  It’s also a game that requires a few household items that are easily found so, again there will be a lot of opportunities for independent play.

Because of the variety of ways you can play (adapt for rhyming/whole word sounding out/last sound recognition) it’s great for checking how well things are embedding.  As always, see what objects your child collects and how much help you’re giving.   All it takes is practise!

Phonics Bus

How to play- Any toy vehicle will do (your own car will do too if you’re really desperate!) .  I found this at the weekend from a local food shop so grabbed it for future use.  You could use a cereal/tissue box and decorate it to look like a bus.  Find things that have the initial sound of the letter Z, anything you have that fills the criteria is perfect.  Remember it’s the sound you need to listen out for not the spelling like in music, cousin, desert.  Suggested items  – zip/zipper, zigzag, zebra, zero (Superhero), puzzle, desert, dessert  .  Remember to name each of the objects, making sure that your child knows what it is and can identify and pronounce the sound.  Lay out the items you’ve gathered so that your child can clearly see them.  Making the sound you’d like them to find, ask your child to choose something with that beginning sound.  Put that sound ‘passenger’ on the bus.  There’s a little rhyme the children could say too.  Phonics bus, phonics bus, who’s/what’s coming for a ride on/in the phonics bus?!

A few tips –  view it a few times, you’ll notice different things each time.  Modify to make things work for you, use what you’ve got in the house, don’t feel obliged to buy resources.  Dip in and out of the games adding to your repertoire.  There are now 2 weeks of sounds they can choose from.  If it’s fun your child will want to play again and again!  Any questions about the pronunciation please check the Jolly Phonics and Oxford Owl sites or email.

Have fun and enjoy!

Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

Take care and stay safe, 

The Nursery & Reception Team