This year I have some excellent new colleagues, and one of them, Caitlin Stephenson, is queen of making therapy fun for kids.
She grew up playing cards with abundant siblings, and came up with the idea of phonics playing cards.
For an affordable, fun, social, portable phonics activity that can be tailored to a range of ages and abilities, they’re hard to beat.
Caitlin and I have so far collaborated to create over 50 decks of downloadable phonics playing cards, and so far I’ve put 30 of them in the Spelfabet shop. (April 2020 update: there are now 57 decks in the shop, I’m about to add another dozen, and there are still a few more to come).
My mum in Warrnambool fell over and broke her hip just over a week ago, so I’ve been spending time visiting her that I had planned to spend working on these cards. Sorry to everyone I told I’d have them all done by now. Hopefully this week.
There are 5 free decks of phonics playing cards in the shop so far, which I hope you’ll download and try out. The other decks cost $2 each including GST if bought separately, but I’m going to put up some discounted bundles, so if you think you’ll want a few of them, I suggest waiting for those.
Below are some videos of games you can play with these cards, but you can play any other game that uses a standard deck of cards.
Our cards are a bit smaller than the standard size, making them easier for kids to handle. They have words printed facing in two directions, so they are easy to read from either side of a table. Most decks have lots of similar-looking words, so you must look closely at every letter to read them accurately, and not just look at first and last letters, as many kids do.
Thanks a million to Caitlin as well as Tessa Weadman and Renee Vlahos for all their work designing, printing, laminating and cutting up cards, trying out games, starring in the videos, and I think Renee suggested the Benny Hill style video theme music, which I’m sure you agree adds a certain je ne sais quoi. Enjoy!