Here’s a simple phonics idea for beginning readers – turn paper plates into a word wheel!
I decided to do two different word families on our wheel.
To make a word wheel, you will need two paper plates, a paper fastener, scissors, and a pen or marker.
Here’s how to make one:
1. Cut two square holes in a paper plate for the rotating letters to show through.
2. Attach the two paper plates with a paper fastener.
3. Write your word endings on the top plate.
4. Turn the bottom plate and fill in letters to complete your words.
I used sat, cat, hat, bat and tan, can, ran, pan.
Owen enjoys just picking up his wheel and practicing the words, which is a great thing for him to do! I put some “hints” on the plate to help him remember the sounds – “-at sounds like cat” and “-an sounds like can.”
While you have the paper plates out, it might also be fun to make a clock – this is a great way to learn what the minute hand means.