25 Inexpensive Phonics Manipulatives

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

How often is your child or student building words each week? Phonics, word building and spelling practice are all essential components of building readers and writers.  As children get older we seem to become more relaxed about their phonics practice, but they really should have a regular systematic routine through 5th grade.  In my classroom we play a lot of phonics games which require reading and then we like to build the words from the phonics games.  This taps into multiple learning styles and keeps the kids engaged while they learn.  No one wants to write the words over and over again every year.  That's boring for the children and the teachers! Plus who has time to grade all of those sheets?  I've tried to include enough options so that you could put together at least 10 of them with items that you have laying around or so that you can purchase them inexpensively.  

Two rules for children that make these a breeze are: 1.  Lay all centers with letter manipulatives out in ABC order before you begin. 2.  Clean up after every word so that you don't have a HUGE mess by the end.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

If you have a button jar  in the closet they are great for students to use to build words.  I was lucky enough to have these buttons from something that I made for my daughter.  Unfortunately I was short one s, but I had another tile to fill in.  I believe the buttons came from JoAnn's Craft Store.  Their buttons go on sale regularly and you can use your teacher discount on the sale.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

This paper roll came from the paint section in Walmart for about $3.  I used it for a paint project and had a ton left over.  Kids love getting out of their routine and trying something new.  We roll this across our guided reading table or along the floor.  It's fun watching the whole class work on it.  You could use bulletin paper from school if it's free for you.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

Technically not a manipulative, but too good not to include.  Plus this one is free and often ends up being the kids favorite option! They can write in cursive, bubble letters, hairy letters, what ever they want to as long as they are building words.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

Most likely you have highlighters laying around.  Students can make lists and highlight them once they check the spelling.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

Kids love little things and collections.  Altoid boxes are fun to use and make great storage containers.  This one is great to take in the car!  These letters came from JoAnn's in the jewelry section.  Make sure to wait for a sale and use your discount!

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

When we were kids this was routine.  Now kids don't get to use chalkboards that much! This chalk board came from Target Bulleye's section for $3.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

Use whisper phones when you don't want to clean up anything and need some peace and quiet! They are easy to assemble.  Check for the parts in the PVC section of your local hardware store.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

This one is fun! For the older kids little sandwich containers from the Dollar Store work great.  Larger containers are nice for the younger kids.  For children with sensory disorders you can let them use pencils if they prefer.  Use whatever you have in your pantry so that you don't need to buy anything else!  You could even use shaving cream.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

 Who doesn't love new markers?

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

Apparently a rash of teachers have buyer's remorse over these letter boards.  Whenever you can get students to build words on seems like a great idea to me! You can find these boards all over including Walmart, Target and your local craft stores.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

Students love this one and you will to if you tell them to put each letter back after they stamp it.  You might also want to have partners work on one word at a time.  Once I figured this procedure out my life was so much better than finding 50 stamps on the floor that the kids couldn't put back quickly.  The smaller letter sets came from the scrapbooking section in Joanns for $1.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

Die cuts are fun and readily available.  I used a preprinted one that was given to me in this picture, but your construction paper at school or home will work great too!

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

You can find bingo dabbers on Amazon, school supply stores and wherever the Bingo ladies go! (I don't know where that is though.)

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

These wooden letters came from Walmart.  You can find them at craft stores too.  They will need to be painted.  If you can find a set big enough, you could make these and the letter clips that you will find below.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

Kids love writing with pens.  Start with giving them boring colors so they are super excited when they get to rainbow write.  (You stretch your money out better this way.)

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

 I almost didn't add this one because smelly markers can be more expensive, but I figured if you have them already you wouldn't be spending anything.  There are also a lot of different brands now that go on sale.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

 These magnets and cookie sheet came from Walmart for 98 cents each.  This is another great thing to keep in the car, except for Florida, Texas and Southern California in the summer.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

When the weather is nice go outside and build words on the concrete!

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

This center takes patience, but it's worth it because kids need fine motor activities.  The containers and beads came from the Dollar Store.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

The stamps in the picture are play dough stamps that came with play dough for $5.  You could also use cookie cutters that the Dollar Store carries sometimes.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

How adventurous are you feeling? Save this for a day when you have lots of energy.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

These are small wooden letters from Walmart and clothes pins.  Just paint and hot glue. I store them in alphabetical order on rulers.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

You can find foam letters in Walmart, Target or any craft store.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

Once one pen gets boring let students choose to rainbow write.  This works great at the end of the year when you need extra engagement.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

Look around and see what you have.  These tiles came from a hang man travel game that my kids used.  When they got older I took the letters for a center.  I also have a ton of letter stickers that someone gave me.  Get creative and have fun!

If you are curious what systematic phonics I use in class, I added my phonics games below.  These are the games that my students play before they build words.  Just click on the picture.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

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