DIY Compound Word Game

This DIY Compound Word Game is a fun matching game which is really easy and inexpensive to make.
DIY Compound Word Game
The pegs add to the appeal of the activity. Plus there's the added advantage of strengthening small motor muscles as pegs are squeezed and clipped on cardboard once they've been matched.

Materials Needed to Make this DIY Compound Word Game:

  • Wooden pegs
  • A cardboard strip for each player (the pegs are clipped onto these once they've been matched into compound words)
  • Narrow stickers which are just big enough to fit on the pegs. You could just write straight on the pegs with pen, but I wanted to use the ends of the pegs which housed the wire connectors. The stickers covered the wire perfectly.
  • A timer (optional)

List of compound words

These are the words we used:

    barnyard, bathroom, bedtime, birthday, bluebird, butterfly, catfish, checkmate, classmate, cowboy, cupcake, daylight, doghouse, doorway, drumstick, eyeglasses, fireplace, flagpole, footprint, homework, jellyfish, lipstick, lovebird, mailbox, notebook, notepad, outside, peanut, pigpen, pineapple, popcorn, rainbow, raincoat, rowboat, sailboat, seashell, snowfall, starfish, sunset, suntan.

If you do an internet search for 'lists of compound words', you'll discover SO many. In fact, I hadn't realised how many compound words we use in the English language until I started searching for these lists!

Assembling the Game:

Place word stickers on the pegs
Write the first half of the compound word on the left peg and the second half of the compound word on the right peg. Arrange the pegs so that, when clipped onto cardboard, the words meet in the middle.

To Play the Compound Word Game

  • Take the pegs off the cardboard and place them in two separate groups. One group contains the first part of the compound words. The other group contains all the second halves of the compound words.
  • Keeping the pegs in their relevant groups, mix the pegs so they are out of order.
  • Give each player a sheet of cardboard to peg their compound word pegs on once they've been matched. Ensure the cardboard is narrow enough so the pegs meet in the middle when pegged on the left and right sides.
  • Encourage the children to select pegs from each pile and match them to make compound words.

Variation to the Compound Word Game

  • Add a timer so the players have to race against the clock. How many compound words can be made before the timer rings?

Hint: Limit the number of pegs on offer so as to match the players' abilities. Too many pegs and the task may seem overwhelming. Too few and the game may not present enough of a challenge.

This is a game both of my boys enjoyed. Do you play compound word games with children? I'd love to hear about them. Please feel free to leave a comment on this post or on our facebook page.
I hope you enjoy this game!

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