Learning Digraphs in phonics or Orton-Gillingham lessons (sh, th, wh, ch) can be really fun if you make a game out of it. Here is a really great activity that will give your student a chance to use some movement while learning digraphs at the same time. Here is how you play the Digraph Beanbag Toss Game.

Materials Needed for the Digraph Toss Game

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

You can watch our favorite teacher Ms. Renee demonstrate the Digraph Beanbag Toss Game here:

 How to Make the Digraph Beanbag Toss Game

  1. Write each digraph word from the list below on an index card. 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 chess much
whip when this mesh path
whim gash thin ash ship

How to Play the Digraph Beanbag Toss Game

  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 3 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 3 baskets; CH-I-N – chin. You want your child to focus on each sound in isolation, so that they understand that the digraphs form just one sound.  

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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