Words&Sounds Games Box
Frequently Asked Questions By Schools

What is the Words&Sounds Game Box?

The Words&Sounds Game Box consists of 10 whole word games and 10 sound (word making) games, designed for children who are in Reception or are beginner readers. The games are played using wooden (jenga-like) word blocks and wooden sound cubes. The games are aligned to the DfES Letters and Sounds approach and all associated game boards/activity sheets for each of the 20 games are downloadable from the website.

What is in the Words&Sounds Game box?

The Games Box contains:

60 wooden cubes (with 54 sound stickers supplied + 6 spare cubes)

144 Wooden Blocks (with 252 word stickers supplied)

5 Cloth Drawstring Bags to store the word blocks and sound cubes

4 Gameboard Pawns and 1 Dice

Game Instructions (20 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).

What age group are the games for?

The target age group is Reception, aged 4-5. However, the games can also be used with older pupils who are reading at Reception level, and would benefit from extra reading/phonics practice.

How can the Words&Sounds Games Box be used in school?

Schools can use the word and sound games:

  • Within whole class literacy lessons (Reception Year)
  • Small group phonics sessions (Reception year) with 6 children
  • For regular in-school “Stay and Play” family phonics workshops where children and parents work/play together and parents are shown how children learn to read.
  • Small group phonics sessions (SEN phonics intervention for older pupils reading at Reception level)
  • Breakfast clubs
  • After school clubs

When used as part of a “Stay and Play” family phonics weekly workshop

The games can uniquely bridge a home-school divide and provide a practical, hands-on approach for families to learn how phonics is taught at school. Parents can play the games in class alongside their children without a great deal of specialist knowledge. It is a great way to invite parents into school and empower them to participate in their child’s learning through fun, interactive, hands-on game play.

What makes the Words&Sounds Games Box so special and a great buy?

The games are fun, durable, novel, easy to play and components easy to replace (if lost or damaged). All game boards and variations according to phase are downloadable, saving the teacher valuable planning and organisation time. Multiple copies of the game boards and activity sheets can be downloaded and re-used as needed. The cost of the box & materials have been kept affordable (and materials easily replaceable) by using a sticker system. Customers will need to prepare the materials before use (stick on the words and sounds), however teachers can turn this into a fun activity using some willing pupil helpers! Simple instructions are provided.

Why play the Word&Sound box games and not just use ICT based reading games?

It is true that there are some excellent ICT based reading games which do enhance children’s phonics skills. Furthermore children are excited and eager to use/play them. However, ICT modes of learning are just one way. They are a great source of learning, but ideally should form part of a child’s learning diet, rather than be the only or main part. Also children learn differently. Therefore what works well for one child, may work less well for another. Multi-sensory modes of learning are best adopted in order to meet a range of different children’s learning styles.

How many game boxes would a school need to buy to support small group play with up to 6-8 children?

Each box has enough blocks & cubes for play in pairs or 3s. Therefore 3 game boxes would be appropriate for simultaneous small group play of upto 6-8 children.