Download and print this deck of child-sized (5 X 6.5cm) playing cards for fun reading practice. Contains two-syllable compound words with “short” vowels, common consonant digraphs and adjacent consonants.
Example words are “backpack”, “chestnut”, “drumstick”, “eggshell”, “grandstand”, “himself”, “lipstick”, “mothball”, “quicksand”, “stronghold” and “uphill”. Words like these are a useful way to introduce two-syllable words, once children can read one-syllable words with the above spellings. They’re just two words they know, pushed together to make a new word.
These words can also be used to assist with explicit teaching that only some consonant sequences are permissible before and after vowels in English. Knowing this helps children identify syllable boundaries, and more easily read long words one syllable at a time.
Words are printed facing both up and down so they can be read from either side of a table.
These cards can be used to play any card game that uses a typical deck of playing cards, but with the extra requirement that each card’s word must be read when it is played. We’ve made some videos of example games to get you started (please note that we have improved the font and layout of all our playing cards since making these videos):
- California Speed
- Snip Snap Snorum
- Beggar Thy Neighbour
- Mancala, for which you’ll also need to download our Mancala board.
We hope you enjoy using them!