Summer Learning: Phonics Flower

Creative Wednesdays

I’m not sure when or where I first learned to make phonics flowers but I started making them for the kids in my care in 1993. The goal of phonics is to enable beginning readers to decode new written words by sounding them out. Phonemic awareness helps children hear, identify, and manipulate spelling patterns. Phonic flowers are an easy and quick way to encourage learning for the kids this summer.

You Will Need:

Construction Paper or White Paper Plates

What to Do:

1. Cut one large circle out of paper plates or construction paper and a small circle out of a paper plate or construction paper.

2. Cut out small “V” shapes along the edge of the larger circle to make petals.

3. Allow the kids to color the petals if they want to.

4. Each petal should have one or two letters for the beginning of a work (prefix) and the center circle should have the last two letters (suffix) of the word.

5. Other suffixes could be “CK,” “OT,” “OP,” “IG,” “OG,” or “TH.”

6. Play by sounding out the words.


  1. Looks so cute and easy I will try it this afternoon when the 4 yr old gets out of summer camp!

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