Play in School, Play at Home

Support children aged 3 to 6 with their early reading skills through simple, fun activities and word/sound games. The reading activities and games are aligned to the DfES (2007) Letters and Sounds phonics teaching approach used in schools. Engage in the activities and play the games to reinforce classroom learning, supporting children’s literacy both at home and school.

The Words&Sounds games pack contains 20 short games, each 5 to 10 minutes long, and can be played with children who are in Reception, or with any aged child who is a beginner reader. Perfect for school small group phonics sessions, school clubs and parent phonics ‘stay and play’ workshops. Also ideal for parents and children to practise their reading skills at home.

The Reception Reading Pack contains key resources and activities empowering parents to teach their child to read from the very beginning or to guide parents on how to support their child’s reading at home (where formal phonics instruction has begun at school).

Phases 2, 3 and 4 from the Letters and Sounds Approach

Supporting early literacy and building reading confidence

Supporting Early Reading and Phonics

All games box and reading pack activities are aligned to Letters and Sounds Phases 2, 3 and 4 (the phases of reading covered in Reception).

Quick 10 Minute Games and Activities

All activity instructions and learning materials supplied.

Reinforcing what is being taught in class.

Feedback from teachers, parents and the children themselves, is that they love the hands-on activities and playing the games.

Designed for Children Aged 3-6 Years

The Words&Sounds Games Box and Reception Reading Pack is mainly for Reception aged (4-5) children. However, it is also suitable for beginner readers at possibly a younger age 3+ or for struggling readers who are 5+ (still reading at Reception level)

For Schools and Parents

The Words&Sounds Games Box is suitable for school and home use.

The Reception Reading Pack is suitable for home use by families teaching their child to read from the beginning or supporting their child’s reading development, alongside school.

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Some Details about the Words&Sounds Box….

For Use in Schools: Reception class; Catch-up Literacy; Breakfast Clubs; After School Clubs; Parent Reading / Phonics Workshops; Pupil Premium.

For Use at Home: For parents, families and children.

Typical Age Range: 4 to 5 years (Reception age).

Other Ages: 3 to 4 years (early readers) and 5+ (struggling readers) reading at Phases 2, 3 or 4 (Reception level).

Price: £46.99 (inclusive of delivery) for Games Box containing 2 X 2 cm wooden cubes.

Price: £23 (inclusive of delivery) for larger 3 X 3 cm teacher demonstration sound wooden cubes.

The Reception Words&Sounds Games Box is designed to support Reception aged children to practice their word and phonics reading skills both in class and at home with their families. The games are short (5-10 minutes long) and use either wooden word blocks or wooden sound cubes.

In total, there are 20 games. The first 10 are word, spelling and sentence making games using the word blocks. The 252 words supplied include the ones that children tend to learn first when they are beginner readers. The next 10 games are different word making games using phase 2 and 3 sound cubes. All wooden blocks, wooden cubes, stickers, game play instructions and downloadable game boards/activity sheets are included.

There are word and sound game variations of the key 20 games so that children can re-play the games at each phase of reading (Phase 2; Phase 3 and Phase 4). All gameboard variations and associated game play downloadables (by phase 2, 3 and 4) are available on this website for year round access.

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Some Details about the Reception Reading Pack….

For Use at Home: For parents, families and children.

Typical Age Range: 4 to 5 years (Reception age).

Other Ages: 3 to 4 years (early readers) and 5+ (struggling readers) reading at Phases 2, 3 or 4 (Reception level).

Price: £89.99 (inclusive of delivery) 

The Reception Reading Pack is designed to empower parents with the knowledge and relevant teaching materials to teach their child to read from the beginning or support their child’s reading development for Reception aged pupils who have started to learn how to read in school.  The reading activities are short (5-10 minutes long) and use the materials supplied in the pack (e.g. sound flashcards; Magnets; Sound cubes etc.)

The Reception Reading Pack comes with a comprehensive guide that explains everything right from the beginning so that a parent does not need specialist knowledge to help their child learn to read at home. There is also an accompanying instructional video parents can access once they have bought the pack to learn how to teach reading at home and get the most out of the supplied resources (Sound cards; magnets; sound cubes; High Frequency Words).

There are five key activities children need to engage in to learn how to read effectively. The Reading Guide in the Reception Reading Pack explains how to do the following five activities in detail (with all accompanying resources to teach/practise activities 2, 3 and 4).

  1. Experience lots of picture books being read aloud
  2. Learn the 44 sounds/phonemes
  3. Learn to blend the sounds to make/read words
  4. Learn the high frequency words (including the common exception or ‘tricky’ words)
  5. Read a levelled reading scheme book, matched to the child’s current reading stage/book band (e.g. Oxford Reading Tree).
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Words&Sounds Game Box Contents

60 Wooden Cubes (with 54 sound stickers supplied)

144 Wooden Blocks (with 252 word stickers supplied)

Coloured cloth drawstring bags to store your sound cubes and word blocks

4 Board Game Pawns & 1 Dice

Word Play Game Instructions (10 games)

Sound Play Game Instructions (10 games)

Material preparation (sticking) Instructions

*All associated game boards/activity sheets for each of the 20 games are downloadable from the website. Different games boards are available for phase 2 (orange), Phase 3 (purple) and Phase 4 (green) play.

Reception Reading Pack Contents

Parent Activity Guide to Support Early Reading and Phonics

Sound Flashcards (Phase 2 and 3)

Magnetic Tiles (Phase 2 & 3)

Wooden Cubes (Phase 2 & 3)

Magnetic Board, Wipe-Board Pen & Eraser

High Frequency Words (Phases 2, 3, 4 & for extension, phase 5 included)

3 Key Activities to Teach Reading using the Reception Reading Pack

Magnetic board

Teach and practise the sounds with the supplied flashcards


Teach and practise blending using the wipe board & pen, sound magnets and sound cubes

Practise learning the high frequency words by sight using the mini HFW cards