Kids Frugal Fun: Doggie Word Family Game

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. August 26th is National Dog day and Will and Zachary really love dogs so I decided to make a learning game with a dog theme.  Will really enjoyed it, Zack just kept trying to eat and tear up the dog bones!

If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page.  Just a side note, I laminateas much as I can when doing games such as this-it really helps preserve the pieces!

Doggie, Doggie, Where’s My Word Family?

Dog and Dog Bowl Clip Art
Dog Bone Cookie Cutter(or just do a google image search and trace that)
Construction Paper
Plain Folder With Pockets

1.  Using your cookie cutter (or clip art images) trace a bunch of dog bone shapes on construction paper and have your child cut them out.

2.  Print some 2 pictures of dogs ( I found a BUNCH in my Word program).
3.  Cut and glue one picture on each side of the folder.
4.  Label the sides with your word family (we did -at and -an)
5. Label each bone with words that will fit in each family.

6. Have your child insert the bone into the pocket they belong.

Educational Activities:

  • Math:  Before we labeled the bones with words, I had my son go around the house and measure his favorite things to practice non-standard measurement.
  • Fine Motor Skills:  Having your child trace and cut the bones are great practice for these skills.
  • History/Social Studies:  A big vocabulary word taught in the lower grades is responsibility.  Discuss this word with your child and brainstorm a list of responsibilites that would come with having a dog as a pet.
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