I think games are one of the absolute best ways to teach and reinforce phonics skills. (aside from reading of course!) The following game can be adapted to any sort of phonics skill. I have been using it to reinforce long "i" vowel patterns.
I used the wonderful Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction to find a list of words to fit the various patterns for the "long i" vowel. I wrote these words on notecards and laminated them.
Then, I made several cars in a variety of colors. (They are racecars from Microsoft word!) These cars paperclip onto the race track and can be easily slid down the track.
The race track is made of three half pieces of black construction paper taped together. I added a yellow line to divide the track and make it look more realistic.
Then, I used a black marker to mark off spaces for the car to move along. Lastly, I laminated the entire track for durability.
To play the game, students draw one of the word cards. If students correctly read the word, they roll a dice. Then, they move the number of spaces rolled on the track. The first student to cross the finish line wins!
This is by far one of my students' favorite phonics game. My third graders especially love it. Such a simple concept!
Do you have any favorite phonics games?