Phonics Centers for Kindergarten (Word Family Activities for Beginning Readers)

Struggling readers in preschool, kindergarten, first or second grade? They will need visual and kinesthetic phonics games. These activities are perfect during daily 5, guided reading, spelling, RTI, and literacy centers. Check out and try!

What results do teachers see after using pianos phonics activities?

  • "Beyond amazing! interactive, visual and kinesthetic. Great for home practice too!" - Brenda
  • "Such a unique product! My dyslexic students will thoroughly enjoy gaining more knowledge of word families by using an aesthetic vehicle." - Jeannette
  • "Such a great fun idea. My class love it and I thank you for your hard work. This resource is very much appreciated." - Christine
  • "This is a wonderful idea with lots of potential. It can be printed and created as a work station activity for word work, interactive journal activity, and Word Family Reader to name a few quick ideas. I love Sarah B.'s idea of singing the words. It would also be a great way for the music teacher to integrate ELA in her lessons with the younger children. I can't wait to use it with my class and will be adding to my Word Family Pianos Collection in the weeks ahead. Thanks for your time spent creating a great product." - Chanda
Struggling readers in preschool, kindergarten, first or second grade? They will need visual and kinesthetic phonics games. These activities are perfect during daily 5, guided reading, spelling, RTI, and literacy centers. Check out and try!

What word families are practiced?

  • {A} *AT *AG *AM *AP *AB *AD *AN *AR *AW
  • {E} *ET *EST *ECK *ED *ELL *END *EAT *EEL *EE
  • {I} *ICK *ILL *IN *ING *INK *IP *ICE *IDE *INE
  • {O} *OT *OP *OB *OG *OCK *OW *OW *OO *OIL
  • {U} *UB *UCK *UG *UM *UNK *USH *UT *UE *UTE
Struggling readers in preschool, kindergarten, first or second grade? They will need visual and kinesthetic phonics games. These activities are perfect during daily 5, guided reading, spelling, RTI, and literacy centers. Check out and try!

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How to use phonics games

Can be used as an interactive journal activity or word family reader. More ideas how to use:

  1. as word walls. There are 45 colorful and 45 black and white pianos with word examples of the family. Print and hang!

  2. as a piano constructor. Tell children that you’d like them to help you and build a PIANO together! There are colorful pianos with a word family letter as well as b/w pianos. Print and laminate them (choose b/w or colorful variant). There are piano keys with words for each family (7-16 words for the family). Print, cut words on piano keys and mix them. A child should read the word on the key and connect it to the right piano (with a magnet, paperclip. sticker, etc.)

  3. sing the words on keys.

  4. as cut and paste activities.


My kids love these. Thank you for a great resource that the students enjoy using so much that they forget they are learning. - Chanda

I have a group of students, different from my homeroom class, whom I teach for interventions and they love this activity. Whenever they get their assignments completed, they get a choice and they always want to choose this game. It is great practice and sheer enjoyment for the students so everyone wins! Thank you so much! - Brooklyn

Struggling readers in preschool, kindergarten, first or second grade? They will need visual and kinesthetic phonics games. These activities are perfect during daily 5, guided reading, spelling, RTI, and literacy centers. Check out and try!

Great bundle to work with Pre-K to 1st grade. Love the pianos bundle! - Doreen

Fun and helpful. - Stephanie

We have used these so much this year! - Nicole

Struggling readers in preschool, kindergarten, first or second grade? They will need visual and kinesthetic phonics games. These activities are perfect during daily 5, guided reading, spelling, RTI, and literacy centers. Check out and try!

I love this package - I am using it as an incentive... - Maureen

My class loves cut and paste activities and this is such a fun way to learn sight words. - Susan

Being a musician/former music teacher, now K-1 teacher, these are fabulous for combining reading with a little bit of "music". Love them! - Donna

Struggling readers in preschool, kindergarten, first or second grade? They will need visual and kinesthetic phonics games. These activities are perfect during daily 5, guided reading, spelling, RTI, and literacy centers. Check out and try!

I love finding new activities for word families and my students love these! They are fun for the kids while learning these skills and working with words! - Lauren

This will enhance my students' performance in the classroom. - Lindy

Struggling readers in preschool, kindergarten, first or second grade? They will need visual and kinesthetic phonics games. These activities are perfect during daily 5, guided reading, spelling, RTI, and literacy centers. Check out and try!

My school has an art focus this year, so this will be perfect in my classroom! - Laurin

Struggling readers in preschool, kindergarten, first or second grade? They will need visual and kinesthetic phonics games. These activities are perfect during daily 5, guided reading, spelling, RTI, and literacy centers. Check out and try!

An exciting new way to review word families and rhyming words. Also a great way to introduce students to a piano. - Danette

Struggling readers in preschool, kindergarten, first or second grade? They will need visual and kinesthetic phonics games. These activities are perfect during daily 5, guided reading, spelling, RTI, and literacy centers. Check out and try!

Singing and music are always great when learning a new concept! - Kim

Struggling readers in preschool, kindergarten, first or second grade? They will need visual and kinesthetic phonics games. These activities are perfect during daily 5, guided reading, spelling, RTI, and literacy centers. Check out and try!

I love the fact that the activity has students attend to the rimes in words which aids in decoding and fluency. - Cleo

Struggling readers in preschool, kindergarten, first or second grade? They will need visual and kinesthetic phonics games. These activities are perfect during daily 5, guided reading, spelling, RTI, and literacy centers. Check out and try!

I love how a piano is like a puzzle!

Struggling readers in preschool, kindergarten, first or second grade? They will need visual and kinesthetic phonics games. These activities are perfect during daily 5, guided reading, spelling, RTI, and literacy centers. Check out and try!


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