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Learning Digraphs (sh, th, wh, ch)  can be really fun in Orton-Gillingham if you make a game out of it.  On today’s post I am going to share with you a really fun activity that will give your kids a chance to use some movement while practicing their digraphs. Here is how you play the Digraph Bean Bag Toss, a really fun and active Orton-Gillingham game.

Materials Needed:

  • 4 Bean Bags
  • Index cards
  • 1 basket
  • Masking tape


How to Make it:

  1. Write each digraph from the list below on each of the index cards.  One word per card.
  2. Place the basket in the middle of the room.
  3. Put a 1 ft piece of masking tape on the floor about 10 ft away from the basket.  


them thin chum chop chin
chip bath rash fish shop
chat math dash chex much
whip when this bench path
whim gash thin ash ship


How to Play It:

  1. First, show your child an index card with a digraph word written on it.  
  2. Have your child read the word aloud.
  3. Hand your child the 4 bean bags.
  4. Have your child stand behind the masking tape that you placed on the floor.
  5. Have the child throw the bean bags into the basket for each sound in the word. (Remember that each digraph (sh, th, ch, wh) makes 1 sound.
  6. Have the child repeat the entire word again.

So for example, if you use the word chin, the child needs to make 4 baskets; CH-I-N – Chin.   


Hope you enjoy this Digraph Bean Bag Toss Orton-Gillingham activity and thank you so much for reading my post today!  You might also enjoy reading my previous posts:

My Favorite Sight Word Activities

How To Teach Spelling Words

Please don’t leave without checking out the PRIDE Reading Program.  The PRIDE Reading Program is an Orton-Gillingham curriculum that is used by teachers, tutors, and homeschooling parents worldwide with great success.

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Karina Richland, M.A., is the author of the PRIDE Reading Program, a multisensory Orton-Gillingham reading, writing and comprehension curriculum that is available worldwide for parents, tutors, teachers and homeschoolers of struggling readers. Karina has an extensive background in working with students of all ages and various learning modalities. She has spent many years researching learning differences and differentiated teaching practices. You can reach her by email at info@pridereadingprogram.com or visit the website at www.pridereadingprogram.com

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