Phonics Activities Your Kids Will Love


Phonics Games For The Orton-Gillingham Approach

Hi everyone! As a teacher using the Orton-Gillingham approach, I am constantly looking for phonics activities that my students will find fun and engaging. Using Orton-Gillingham methods does NOT mean the instruction has to be dry! I hear that sometimes, and I have to disagree. Orton-Gillingham lessons can have rich, multisensory activities built in that your kids will love. And today, I have one to share with you!

Who remembers the game, Don’t Break The Ice? I remember playing this one back when I was a kid in the 80s with my cousins. You basically take turns hammering away the little ice blocks until you break through. Lots of fun strategy in there and it can be a real nail biter!

I was thinking of this game the other day, but I have to admit something. When I looked it up online, it was a little pricey. SOOO, my old friend Ebay came through for half the price.

Each ice block is about 1 1/8 inches. I took pieces of the large correction tape. I like the removable kind and have used it for years. It’s great for correcting shared writing on chart paper with kids. If you want, you could try the circle dot stickers instead.

In the examples provided, I used soft C words to practice, but you can use any words you want. You could even make it into a math fact practice game. I bet kids even in middle or high school would love playing this, so forget the age limits.

I wrote soft c words on 32 pieces of correction tape for the 32 small ice blocks. There is one large ice block the polar bear is skating on. You are trying to keep the polar bear hanging on when you play.

To play this version, students would take turns reading a word and hammering an ice block out of the grid. You could up the ante and ask them to say how syllables the word has, or even use it in a sentence.

Phonics Games For The Orton-Gillingham Approach

So what do you think? Would you give it a try? Scour Ebay, your basement, a yard sale or buy it online or in a toy store. It’s so much fun!

If you are looking for an in-depth explanation of an Orton-Gillingham lesson along with tons of ideas and tips, read “What Does An Orton-Gillingham Lesson Look Like?”

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Thanks for stopping by today. If you are looking for more fun and engaging phonics games, you might want to check out my Multisensory Phonics Game Bundle. There are over 75 games and counting! Have a great day!

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  1. I found one recently at a garage sale but haven't used it yet…waiting for colder weather! Thinking that if you need a time saver, or want to use the game for different students and different skills, just use a prepared deck of word cards–for each word read, a block can be knocked out!

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