Make Your Own Reading Rods using Lego Duplo Blocks

If you have a beginning reader, you can make your own reading rods for some word play fun!  Read all about how to craft your own here.

I wrote this post about a year ago, so I thought I would re-share since the site has grown so much since then and this post was one of my favorites.  Click here to find out how to make your very own set of letter manipulatives.

Once you have these made, you can have your child practice spelling their sight words, their spelling words, or even make them some phonics words they can practice reading.  My 4 year old son loves these, and I would imagine kids all the way through the elementary grades would enjoy using them for various word games.  Younger children could even use these to match up letters that are the same or put letters in alphabetical order.  Have fun!! 🙂


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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

  • Love it ! Thanks for this wonderful idea.

  • Kimberly says:

    Wow, that is so cool! Thanks for re-posting this. Your blog always has such awesome stuff!

  • Great idea! We used to do this at work, but used a sharpie right on the blocks. I love the way you used white stickers, much easier to read. 🙂

  • Such a great idea! I found a set of basic phonics reading rods at Goodwill otherwise we would have done just this. Now to figure out how to make a set of reading rod words for sentence building.. Off to get creative. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • RJ says:

    Wow! That is an awesome idea! I love it!

  • Opal Stevens says:

    Oh wow, such a cool idea! Awesome 😀

  • Pam Thorson says:

    Nice site. Really clean and pleasing colors. Very creative.

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