Phonics Shuffle Game

This game can be played using any six cards or music, but this game is great using the wonderful “Super Simple ABC’s” flash cards. The game is Super Simple too! Teach the gestures and phonics of the cards used before the game. If your teaching a large class, ask for six students to come up to the front of the class. Give each student a flash card facing towards the other students for all to see. Review each flash card again. Have the six students turn the cards around face backwards. Play some energetic music. Have the students not holding cards clap to the beat of the music. This is a good way to get everyone involved. The six students holding cards “shuffle” the cards by exchanging them with each other. When the music stops, the students holding cards (still facing backwards) stop exchanging cards. Ask the other students, for example, “wheres a-a-a apple?” If a students knows, they raise their hand and choose the person holding the card. The students holding the cards can answer “yes” or “no”. For the last card, ask the students “what’s this?” For small classes, line up the cards on the board and the teacher can “shuffle” the cards. Play once or twice.


4 Responses

  1. Hi, Great game! I’m going to use this with my 4-6 year olds. Instead of shuffling the cards though, I’ll probably have the kids with the cards keep their cards, but shuffle themselves around. This will save wear and tear on the cards (my students can be rough on materials when they’re excited) and give the other students a chance to flex their memory muscles trying to remember who had what card.

    • I tried having the kids “shuffle” themselves instead of the cards, but they bumped into each other and were confused. But I think it still is a great idea. Give it a try.

      • Thanks for the heads up about possible “bumper car” confusion. It made me change my tune from a Can-Can song to the theme from the game show “Jeopardy”. So the kids moved around each other more slowly and were extremely giggly. The big bonus was that the target language was used many times and the kids were super engaged. We’ll be using this activity a lot from now on. Thanks again!

  2. Great idea! Thank you so much!

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