Download and print this deck of child-sized (5 X 6.5cm) playing cards for fun reading practice. Contains one and two-syllable homographs, which have two pronunciations e.g.
- “close” as in “close the window” or “don’t stand so close to me”.
- “wind” as in “wind it up” or “there was a cold wind blowing”.
- “contract” as in “I signed the contract” or “it will expand and then contract”.
- “addict” as in “he is a gambling addict” or “gambling can addict people”.
- “minute” as in “wait a minute” or “a virus is a minute organism”.
The two-syllable words in this deck are often a noun-verb pair with related meanings but different stress e.g. “She will record a record”, “Farms produce fresh produce” or “The judge decided to convict him, so he became a convict”. The stress is generally on the last syllable in the verb, and the first syllable in the noun.
Studying these words can provide a teachable moment about juggling word stress when decoding words of more than one syllable, and the effect of word stress on meaning.
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!