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Make Your Own Chatterbox Words Origami Game
Make Your Own Chatterbox Words Origami Game

How many different fun ways do our kids need in order to practise spelling their sight words? The more the better, because the more fun they have, the more they learn! Kids are programmed by nature to learn by playing games.

The Chatterbox Words game is an origami game that children love to make and play. Enter words here, print it out, and you will have an amusing way for kids to practise spelling words.

Enter the words to be printed in this game. Then press MAKE GAME and print out the origami page. Cut out the square, fold according to the instructions, and then you're ready to play!

How to fold :

  • Fold the square in half vertically and horizontally, then unfold.
  • With the blank side facing you, fold all 4 corners in to the center. Turn the folded square over.
  • Fold all 4 new corners in to the center.
  • Press the center down so that the new 4 corners stick up into the air. The original 4 corners should be pointing down.
  • Slip your 2 pointer fingers and 2 thumbs from underneath into the origami game, each finger in between an original corner and the underside of the center.

How to play :

  • Your pointer fingers and thumbs should be in the origami game from underneath, with the finger tips fitting into the 4 points of the origami construction.
  • Alternate having your 2 pointer fingers together and the finger and thumb of each hand pinched together, so that the origami contruction is opening and closing like a chirping bird's beak.
  • Ask your friend to read each of the words displayed on the outside of the origami game and to choose one word. Spell out the word, opening and closing the "bird's beak" as you say each letter.
  • At the end of spelling this word, four of the inside words will be displayed. Ask your friend to read them and to choose one.
  • Spell out that chosen word, opening and closing the "bird's beak" again as you say each letter. At the end of this spelling, four of the inside words will be displayed. It may be the same four words or it may be the other four words.
  • Ask your friend to read these 4 words and to choose one again. Open up the chosen flap.
  • Read out the sentence under the flap that describe some actions to do. Your friend should carry out these actions!

Children can play this Chatterbox Words origami game, practising reading and spelling the words and sentences that you have put into the game, having fun whilst doing so! We have entered words and sentences to get you going, but you can change them to the sight words that you would like your kids to practise spelling and reading.

  Enter the 4 different words to be printed on the outside face :
  Enter the 8 different words to be printed on the inner flaps :
  Enter the 4 different sentences to be printed under the inner flaps. You can control where the line breaks occur by where you type the ENTER key :

When you press the MAKE GAME button, your Chatterbox Words game will appear in a PDF file and you can print it out by pressing the printer icon. Most computers are able to display and print such a PDF file because they have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. If your computer does not, then you can get the free Adobe Acrobat Reader from here.

"R" "E" "D"
...parenting tip of the moment

[Schlesinger writes] Some mothers...introduce a world wherein things that are seen, touched and heard are enthusiastically processed through language. The world they introduce is wider, more complex, and more interesting to the toddlers. They too label objects in the perceptual world of their children, but use correct labels for more sophisticated percepts, and add attributes to them via adjectives. ...They include people, and label the actions and feelings of individuals in the world, and characterize them via adverbs. They not only describe the perceptual world but help their children reorganize it and to reason about its multiple possibilites.

These mothers, then, encourage the formation of a conceptual world which, far from impoverishing, enhances the perceptual world, enriching it and elevating it continually to the level of symbol and meaning. Poor dialogue, communicative defeat, so Schlesinger feels, leads not only to intellectual constriction but to timidity and passivity; creative dialogue, a rich communicative interchange in childhood, awakens the imagination and mind, leads to a self-sufficiency, a boldness, a playfulness, a humor, that will be with the person for the rest of his life.

quoted from Hilde S. Schlesinger in "Dialogue in Many Worlds: Adolescents and Adults - Hearing and Deaf", quoted by Oliver Sacks, and Oliver Sacks in
"Seeing Voices: A Journey into the World of the Deaf"
by Oliver Sacks, page 67

Small children should be supervised by a caregiver when at a computer, to ensure no accidents occur that could hurt the child and that no equipment gets broken.
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