Gingerbread Man themed Jolly Phonics Tricky Words 1-20

I decided to make my Jolly Phonics Tricky Words 1-20 a little more festive in the hope that my Christmas obsessed class might actually do some work!!! Any one else finding it hard to get their class to settle down to work at the moment?

I have created the  flashcards in both full colour and in black and white.  Here are some ideas of how to use them. Snap, Concentration, write the room, a treasure hunt….

Here is a sneak preview of the  Jolly Phonics Tricky Words 1-20 cards!

Here is the Jolly Phonics Tricky Words 1-20 treasure hunt worksheet:

Inspired by Angelia at I have made my own Gingerbread Man Card Game to correspond with Jolly Phonics Tricky Words 1-20. My graphics are all from the Microsoft Website and are only in full colour. You could print the words in black and white and the extra cards in colour if you want to be frugal 😉

Click here to download my coloured cards.

Click here to download my black and white cards.

Please leave a comment if you download my cards. I just love hearing from you.

Have fun and Merry Christmas!

Miss Mernagh 🙂

p.s Gingerbread Man graphics are courtesy of DJInkers

Jolly Phonics Tricky Word Games 1-20

I have been busy planning another game to help reinforce Jolly Phonics Tricky words 1-20. Variety is the spice of life after all!

I have yet to try out the games with my class but am dying to do so. I am saving them up for my Gingerbread Man unit. I though they were too cute to keep and decided to share them with you guys!

There are a number of different ways to use these cards:

  1. A word treasure hunt
  2. Concentration game
  3. Snap or Old Maid
  4. Flashcards or a Word Wall
  5. Word Headbanz

All of these games are explained in my pack. I have created two for you to choose from: black & white or full colour. You choose!

Please click here to download Black & White Tricky Words

Please click here to download Colour Tricky Words

I hope that you have lots of fun learning and revising these Jolly Phonics Tricky words. Let me know that you think. I just love to get comments!

Have fun,

Miss Mernagh 🙂

ps Clip art by DJ Inkers

Tricky Words 11-20

I have been busy doing my prep for the week to come. What a way to spend a Sunday, eh?! As my class have been playing with my first set of Tricky Words Bingo Boards for a little while now I thought that it was time to move on. My scheme for this term indicated a similar plan for the week ahead ;).

 Voila! Trick Word Bingo 1-20.

Click here to download Tricky Word Bingo 11-20

Print out, grab your Bingo dauber and off you go!

Have fun,

Miss Mernagh 🙂

PS. Clipart by DJInkers

Tricky Words Bingo Boards

The Jolly Phonics Programme has 72 “Tricky Words”. Tricky words, also known as High Frequency Words (HFW) , are small commonly occurring words in such as “was”, “is” and “their”.They are not phonetically regular so they cannot be sounded out. They are not nouns so a child cannot picture them either. In short,  children need to learn to read these word by sight. Even if you are not following the Jolly Phonics programme these words are critically important for reading fluency.

I have created these small Bingo Cards for Tricky Words 1-10 for  fun way to learn and reinforce learning 🙂

I designed them for use with a Bingo Dauber Pen (below) or a highlighter as a change from counters. Bingo daubers are easy to get and not that expensive either.  I am also fed up of laminating everything and pouches cost a fortune in the large numbers required for classroom use!

Counters can of course be used with my boards. Unifix cubes fit perfectly as would small cubes of Lego.

Tricky Words Bingo 1-10

The Caller Card is also included at the end of the PDF. I will create more of these boards over the coming weeks.

I would love to hear what you think of them so please leave me a comment. Would you like larger boards that can be laminated instead or even as well?

Have fun,

Miss Mernagh 🙂

ps. Clip art by DJinkers

Monkey Match for Uppercase & Lowercase Letters

How about an online Concentration Game to help your child  match uppercase and lowercase letters? Children love this one!

Click on the coconuts to reveal a hidden uppercase or lowercase letter. When you make a correct match the coconuts disappear!

Drill and practice has never been so much fun! Monkey Match will have your child happily spending time developing both fluency and accuracy at upper and lowercase letter recognition. An added bonus, and the clue in in the title, is the fact that the game will engage your child and encourage the development of concentration and visual acuity (attention to detail necessary to see the difference between fat and cat, wish and dish, p and q, b and d).

Click here if you are just dying to play!

Why not take a visit to your local Euro Shop and search for some cute notepads or cut-out and make your own “non-digital” version? You could then make the game into a competition to see who can match the most!

Have fun,

Miss Mernagh 🙂

p.s Keep your comments coming. I am always delighted to hear how you are getting on

Learning the Alphabet (Part 2)

Practice your “abc’s” with ABCD Watermelon.

Join in and sing along as the letters appear on the screen. This will help to reinforce the name of the letter and how it is written (a grapheme) in a simple and clear way.

The song stops when something “silly” appears. Your child then needs to use his/her knowledge of the alphabet to click on the missing letter. It’s short and sweet :). This would be a great game to play together! Your child could tell you the missing letter and you could click on the grapheme until your child is able to play unaided.

Click here to play ABCD Watermelon 

Have fun,

Miss Mernagh 🙂

Fun learning with Elkonin Boxes

Here is the science of why beginner readers need to use Elkonin boxes!

Phonics vs Phonological Awareness

Phonics: is the awareness of the relationship between oral sounds and the written letter symbols.

Phonological awareness: is an awareness of sound in the spoken word.

It is really, really important that children have a good understanding of phonological awareness before we start to instruct them in phonics. If your child is starting school this September why not print out my next activity and give them a great start!

Elkonin boxes are used to:

  • break words into sounds.
  • teach children to count the number of phonemes (sounds) in words rather than the number of letters.
  • helps children to see the connection between letters (graphemes) and sounds (phonemes)

Generally the boxes are so plain and boring that I find it hard to motivate myself to use them, let alone my class.

I decided to shake them up and have create some cute ones for you to use. I can’t wait to try them out with my class.  Here are just two examples of my creations. I am so excited by them! Oops, did I say that already!

                                                                             and this                                                                                  What  do you think?!   I bet that you want to know how to play now, right? Click here to download 🙂 

How to play ” Say it-Move it”:            

 Give your child 3 counters  ( novelty erasers, lego, bottle tops…).

Slowly say a small 3 letter word eg. c/a/t. Ask your child to put one counter into each box for each sound ( phoneme) that he/she hears.  Each box in an Elkonin box card represents one phoneme, or sound. Cat has 3 sounds so your child should have 3 counters on his/her board.    

 Ask your child to  say the word again, sliding his/her finger below the boxes from left to right: cat.


  • Encourage  your child to place the counters going from left to right. This will help to prepare for reading at a later date.
  • Remember that it is the number of sounds that can hear heard and not the number of letters in a word. Let’s look at the word ” fish”. Fish has  4 letters but 3 phonemes f/i/sh.

Other ways to play:

Use Elkonin Boxes to locate a specific sound in a word eg. “sh” in shop and then the “sh” in dish. Ask your child to put a counter on their board to show where the sound is in the word. For shop the counter goes in the first box and it would go in the last box for dish. This will help your child to learn about initial, final and medial sounds ( beginning, middle and end sounds.)

Have fun,

Miss Mernagh 🙂