Playing SPOONS to Teach Phonics in First Grade!

March 21, 2019

This small group phonics and number sense game reminds me of the good ole days. I used to play Spoons when I went up to the cabin with friends and family and it was always a hit. We would laugh and race to be sure we weren’t left without a spoon. With it being such a favorite, I wanted to find some ways to integrate this game into a classroom setting.

This is the type of game is perfect for indoor recess, in small groups, or give it to a parent volunteer to play with the students! It is a ton of fun. In the video below, I explain exactly how to play with a deck of cards and show some other ways using phonics patterns!

If you don’t know already, I have a weekly game series over on my YouTube channel called, “Susan’s Sunday Spotlight.” This is where I share a new game every single week that you can take and use in your classroom right away! Be sure to subscribe to my channel so you can see every new game!


See how to play, Spoons! below:

As I mention in the video, you can adapt this game to the following:

– cvc words

– cvce words

– words with digraphs

– words with blends

– words with diphthongs

– vowel teams


You can easily grab some index cards and make these types of cards yourself, but in case you want to have some easy, print & go decks, I compiled the above cards in a little unit over on TPT here:


Pin to remember:

I love finding new and fun ways to practice different phonics skills! Decoding CVC words, words with long vowels, digraphs and blends is a lot more fun when students can play the game Spoons! Head over to the post to see how to play the original way (with a deck of cards) and how to put a phonics "spin" on this classic card game!


If you like this game, be sure to check out some of my recent posts highlighting other small group games:

Arrow Paths – place value game

Sight Word Splash!

SNAP! – fast-paced card game

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  • Love the easiness of implement at all levels in my self contained special needs classroom
    Two thumbs up