The Super Simple Word Slider

As kids learn letter sounds they can start putting those sounds together to read words. This super simple word slider is an awesome visual showing them how to do just that.

It’s one of those teaching tricks you’ll never want to forget.

Getting Ready

To make the word slider, I gathered a few supplies:

  • A stack of blank index cards
  • Markers
  • A roll of tape
  • And an 8 1/2 X 11 inch piece of cardstock (construction paper would work well too).

On each of the index cards, I wrote a different three-letter word. I picked the words (bus, ant, cat, rug, fat, pop, sad) but the possibilities are really endless.

Simple activity to help children learn to blend letter sounds together. {Playdough to Plato}

Then, I folded the cardstock to make an envelope (below) and stuck a piece of tape on one end to hold it down.

Once I placed an index card inside the folded cardstock, our word slider was ready for use and we were ready to play the game!

See?! I promised it was easy.

Word Slider in Action

I invited Middle Brother (age 5) to join me. Then, I slowly pulled a card out of the envelope one letter at a time and asked him to sound out the letters that appeared: s – u – n

Once all three letters were showing, I asked him to repeat the three sounds again faster and faster until he figured out the word on the card.

“Sun!” he called out excitedly.

With a quick thumbs up, I took out the card and replaced it with a new one so our fun could continue.

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