Get two buckets or cups and label them HOMOGRAPHS and HOMOPHONES. Use index cards or small pieces of paper to write many, varied examples of each. Have the child sort the words in the buckets and then take turns pulling them out of the buckets. When selecting a homophone, the challenge is to spell the other definition of the similar-sounding word. When selecting a homograph, the challenge is to think of at least two different meanings or definitions of the words and use each in a sentence.
Examples to start with:
- right, write - tear (n.), tear (v.)
- hair, hare - jump (n.), jump (v.)
- plain, plane - jolt (n.), jolt (v.)
- peace, piece - plant (n.), plant (v.)
- leave, leaf - fence (n.), fence (v.)
- pedal, petal - bowl (n.), bowl (v.)
- principle, principal - glass (n. – cup), glass
Look around the house for other ideas!