Word Family “Go Fish:” This card game is very similar to the traditional “go fish game.” With this activity, you will need to prepare playing cards from a variety of word families. You can obtain word lists from the links listed below.
I would recommend just starting with 2 different word families and then adding more as your child’s skill level increases. The game will be played just as the traditional “go fish,” but instead of the children asking for a number card, they will be asking for a word family card. In order to help children identify the different word families, I recommend having a sample of the word families being used. I also recommend that each word family card should have a picture that is relative to that particular word family. For example, if you were playing a game with the –ouse word family and the –at word family, I would start by having a card that says –ouse with a small picture of a mouse in the corner of the card and a card that says –at with a small picture of a hat in the corner. These two cards should be left in the middle of the table to assist children in identifying the word family cards. Also, I highly recommend that each card that is used in the game should have the entire word written on it with a small picture in the corner that will associate that word to a particular word family. For example, any word that belongs to the –ouse family would have that same picture of a mouse that is on the sample card in the middle of the table.