I already had pre-cut hearts from my scrapbook stash, and even though they aren't the traditional colors of conversation hearts, it saved me a lot of prep work. I was afraid the dark colors would make it difficult for him to read, so I just flipped them over and used the white sides.
Just ignore my sloppy handwriting...
Game 1: Word Families
This is similar to our Word Family Snowflake activity, in that it reinforces word families and blending. I made a few hearts with word families on them, and several hearts with single letters that could be blended to make a CVC word. I separated them the same way, keeping out only a few at a time so he wouldn't be overwhelmed in his search.
I had a master list of words, and I would read a word that he could make with the letters in front of him. I just made sure to alternate beginning sounds and word families. This involved listening skills, and more thinking than the Word Family Snowflake, because he had more than one phonetic sound to consider at a time.
Game 2: Conversation Heart Matching
This is a matching game of sorts, and you could play it so many ways. I started by making two sets of each word. Some were words you would find on actual conversation hearts, and some were sight words.
Variation 1: I placed all the words face up on the table.
I just let Elliott pick his in random order, as long as he read them to me.
He seemed to like this game a little more, maybe because he could see his progress as the matches started piling up.
Variation 2: Play it as memory.
I am sure you can come up with more ways to play! Making games for children is nothing more than tuning into their learning styles and going with what works for them!
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