Here’s a game that combines reading and phonics skills with gross motor skills, but your kids will just think they’re having a blast! In other words: the perfect way to spend a summer morning.
I pulled out the beach ball, which already had Travis excited, and explained the rules.
Pick a letter, and the person throwing the ball has to say a word that begins with that letter before each toss.
Some of these were easy. B lent itself to books, babies, balls, and bees rapidly. Others made him stop and think between each throw. Eagle was his first confident answer for E, but then he was stuck until I prompted some words with the short-E vowel sound like elephant.
Travis also thought it was fun to roll the ball to little sister after saying each word, a great way to see the siblings play together.
See which letter your kids can get the most for! And with every throw, they will be honing those gross motor catching and throwing skills, too. We might just have to play this one on the beach, next time!