Superhero Word Families

Pack a punch in your word family lessons! These superhero themed word family activities will motivate any new reader to practice their reading skills!

FREE printable Superhero themed word family activities for kids who are learning to read. Includes puzzles, recording sheet, cuffs/arm bands, and word family sorting. Fun for kindergarten and first grade.
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To Prepare:

Using the Superhero Word Family Printables

There are three main parts to this set: the puzzles and recording sheet, the word family sort, and the word family arm bands.

Start by coloring the arm bands and wearing one (or two!) while practicing reading. Simply cut the bands out and use tape to form a band around the child's wrist. 

The puzzles and word sort feature both real and nonsense words whereas the bands feature all real words. The bands are great to wear for extra reading practice, fun pretend-play, and more exposure to the written word.

The word family puzzles are meant to look like the exclamations from a comic book, like POW and WHAM! The puzzles are all the same so they can be switched around the make 36 different words. They won't all be real words; some will be nonsense words. But by practicing reading nonsense words, you can tell if your child is really reading or guessing.

You can use the recording sheet to write down all the word options. Use the puzzles to make a word. Then find the word family column and write the word down. See if you can figure out all 36 words and write each one down!

The last part of the set is the superhero word sort. There are 6 superheroes with their own word families. All of these words match the words from the previous puzzle. Have your child practice reading the word and matching it to its word family. They might see the repetition of many words and that they end with the same sound. Recognizing this makes reading so much easier!

Another way to encourage young readers is with this t-shirt: "Reading is my Superpower" for girls and for boys.

This post was contributed by:

Erin from Royal Baloo
Erin is a full time homeschooler and blogger. During her "free" time she enjoys any crafty activity, reading, or making printables. She blogs at as a means of sharing the printables and whatnot.

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Viviana is a blogging mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a kindergartner, sharing ideas and resources for early education. She specializes in unique, hands-on printable activities that are educational, fun and inspire creativity in young minds.

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