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Balloon busters

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By Kay Clifford — Part-time teacher, Ipswich.

This interactive game is based around the vowel graphemes children need to know in Phase 3 of the Letters and Sounds document. It will help support those children who are struggling with their spelling and will really encourage them to develop their knowledge of spelling patterns and to use their phoneme knowledge.


Playing the game

This is a game for up to six players. You can either choose the appropriate level for the child to play or let them work through the levels from 1 to 3.

  • To begin, click on the start button. You will then see words begin to appear at the bottom of the screen. The digraphs from the middle of each word will be missing.
  • Floating above the word are balloons containing vowel graphemes.
  • Level 1 has words based around the vowel graphemes ao, ai and ee. Level 2 is slightly more difficult with five vowel graphemes to choose from – oa, ai, ee, oi and ar. Finally, level 3 has seven vowel graphemes to choose from – oa, ai, ee, oi, ar, igh and oo.
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