Learning Phonics Using Underpants – The Pants Blast Game!

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Finding fun ways to learn phonics

So my boy is four (birthday write up here!) and he has almost zero interest in learning the alphabet or anything to do with phonics. He absolutely loves hearing us read stories, and we do every night, but when it comes to letters, everything is poopy-poo. Everyone tells me it’s a “boy” thing. Everyone tells me not to worry. I’m not overly worrying but at the same time I want to help him recognise his letters! Right now he knows F for fart and P for poo. Brilliant.

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So behold, Pants Blast was born!

Pants blast came about after we’d spent a good half hour pinging pairs of (clean!) underpants around the lounge. B thought it was absolutely hilarious to throw them about rather than put them on. What 4 year old boy doesn’t want to throw their pants around the room?

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So with this in mind, I thought why not make some sort of game that combines the fun of throwing pants, and phonics.

And there you have it, Pants Blast.

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Want to throw your pants about?

Want to set up your own underpant fun? All you need is the following:

  • Some floor space – inside or out!
  • Some paper – write out the letters you want to focus on.
  • Masking tape to stick your paper to the floor.
  • Lots of pants!learning phonics boys preschool ideas fun imaginative

How to Set up Pants Blast

Pop a strip of masking tape to form a line. This is where you’ll throw your pants from.

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Erm he’s over the line…

Stick your letters on the floor. A distance that you think you’ll child will easily reach.

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Throw your pants! Each time a pair lands on a letter, get your child to go retrieve said pants and tell you what letter they landed on. They don’t get their next pair of pants until they’ve had a guess or learnt a new letter!

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And boom, a stupid but fun way to engage kids when it comes to learning their letters! What bonkers things have you done to try and engage littles with learning?!

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13 comments

  1. What a fantastic game, especially for reluctant learners! Dorothy loves learning her phonics but also loves ‘helping’ me match up socks. Maybe we could play this!

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  2. I used to teach phonics in nursery, I’m sure the kids would have much preferred this version than the books 😉 Thanks so much for linking up with #KCACOLS hope you come back next time!

  3. This is such a great idea! My 4yo is similar and has learnt to read words like poo and bum. He also loves flinging his pants around so I’m sure he’d love this game! #kcacols

  4. haha, brilliant. I am going to try this with Cygnet. He will love it. He also needs creative ways to help him learn. He is not a studious type who will sit calmly at a table. We learned some letters whilst walking along the path near the river. On the tarmac “WALK YOUR CYCLE” is painted in large letters. We jump on each letter and have learned a few of them that way. You have to be quite creative (and often a bit silly) with boys. Pen x #KCACOLS

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