Digraphs & Vowel Combinations Dice

Digraphs and vowel combinations could be confusing to some students. Making use of these polystyrene dice will help them understand the concept better and assist in phoneme manipulation.

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Read more about phoneme manipulation to understand the importance of it for reading. 

For this homemade dice you need(see my recommendations below):

  • Polystyrene(or any type of dice you can write on) dice
  • Markers

  polystyrene dice  
I always use a red marker for vowels and a green marker for consonants to have a visual difference for our visual learners. 

For these dice I used black for the vowel combinations too.

So, on the dice, I wrote all the common variations for a vowel. For example the “long a” can be spelled “ay” like in “day”, “ey” like in “they” etc. The “long e” can be spelled “ee” like in ” bee” or “ea” like in “dream” etc. These are just examples. You can more HERE.

I did the same with the digraphs my kids are learning at the moment. The “th”, “ch”, “sh”, “ck”, “ng” etc.

The idea is to spell a word with the dice, choosing the correct combination of letters to build the word. For instance, “th”, “a” and “t” spells “that”. I make the kids attent on the fact that the first “t” is with a “h” on one dice because it is one sound “th”.

With words like “wheat”, the learners must know which option on the “e” dice will be the right one(the “ea”), “wheet” or “whet” is incorrect. 

Change up the word by using phoneme manipulation: “wheat” can become “cheat”(beginning sound change) or “what”(middle sound change) or “whack”(ending sound change).

Using these dice works on the following literacy skills:

  • Letter(normal) recognition
  • Grapheme and phoneme recognition(digraph and vowel combinations)
  • Phoneme manipulation 
  • Segmenting
  • Blending

These digraph and vowel combinations dice are a hands-on way to practice all those tricky words.

I found these awesome COLOUR DICE you can use like I used the different colour markers.

Make word building fun with these DIY dice!


More dice learning activities for you:

  learning dice  
Rainbow Bear Dice Game for Preschoolers from Life Over C’s
Place Value Game with Dice from Still Playing School
Rainforest Dice Long and Short Vowel Reading Game from Learning 2 Walk
Preschool Rainbow Grid Game from Preschool Powol Packets
Monster Math: A Dice Simple Math Activity from Play Dough & Popsicles
Fun Shapes Dice Game for Kids from School Time Snippets
Writing Game Using Dice from Teach me Mommy
10-Sided Dice Multiplication Game from Line upon Line Learning
Alphabet Dice Letter Formation Activity from Sugar Aunts
Venn Diagram Dice Probability STEM Activity from Schooling a Monkey
Block Stacking Dice Game from Kidz Activities
Simple Addition Dice Game from Powerful Mothering
DIY Dice from Sugar Spice & Glitter


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