Early Reading Cups

Lizzie (age 4.5) is beginning to show some interest in reading.  She knows her letters and her phonics and needs to start putting it all together.  As such, I made these very simple reading cups to help her practice some basic beginning words.  I don’t take credit for this idea.  I saw a similar version somewhere on line but I just expanded it to include a lot more words.

It’s very simple to make.  Just gather 16 small Styrofoam cups, a pen (or sharpie), and use the following list as your guide.  For the first set, write the letter “B” on the rim of one cup, and the letters “ug, at, et, ig, eg, og, ag, ut, it” on the rim of the second cup.  All you do to “play” is keep one cup stationary and rotate the second cup around so that a new word is revealed.  The pictures below will help you visualize what I mean.

Lizzie enjoys practicing her reading with cups!

First Cup Second Cup
B Ug

At

Et

Ig

Eg

Og

Ag

Ut

It

 

C

P

F

R

H

S

B

M

At
L

R

S

T

Z

D

H

 

ip
B

L

F

P

H

S

K

W

 

it
B

J

D

P

F

R

G

W

 

ig
B

C

F

J

P

St

 

ar
M

V

B

P

C

R

F

T

 

an
C At

Ot

Ut

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