DIY: Roll A Word Activity

Today, I want to share a Do-it-Yourself center activity. I will include a printable that can be used for making words with -at. This is so simple to make and you can use materials that you already have at home.

Best of all, this is a hands-on activity that your child or students will love to manipulate once you put it together.

Materials needed: colored paper, paper tube, ruler, scissors and tape.
First, you need to measure the width of the paper tube that you are using. Then, you will cut out a long strip according to the width. I did not measure the height for this one.
Next, you will roll the tube into the colored paper and cut out the excess paper. Now, tape it the paper to the tube. It should be a tight fit so that the paper will not come undone easily.
Download this free printable and cut out the letter strips. I have two consonant strips. Simply use one letter strip at a time on your paper tube or make two tubes.
Then, tape the -at strip directly to the paper tube so that it does not move. The letter strips will serve as the beginning sounds.  Assemble these according to the directions on the picture.
 Finally, slip the consonant strips into the tube. It should be loose enough so that children can roll the paper strip around the tube.

You are all set! Use it during guided reading groups or as a center activity. Watch the kids have fun reading!  Options: Students can write each word on a recording sheet or dry-erase board. 
They can even build the words with letter tiles or magnets.

UPDATE: I have included the word families that you requested plus much more. Click on the following picture to get it all.


  1. Randi says

    This is wonderful! Thanks for sharing. I'm your newest follower. I would love a visit :0

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  2. Love this so much! Thanks!
    Ms. McBee’s Kinderbugs

  3. What a great idea. I just found your blog. I am a new follower.


  4. Welcome, Randi!

    I'm on my way to your blog.


  5. You're welcome, Sharon!


  6. Welcome, Tricia!


  7. What a fantastic idea, Lidia! It is a simple way for students to take home what they've learned, too! I love it. Sharing with my readers on my FB page.
    Mrs.Miner’s Monkey Business

  8. Love this! Thanks for sharing!!

  9. Love this activity! Thanks for sharing!

    ❤Mrs. McKown
    Little Literacy Learners

  10. What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 I'm your newest follower 🙂 I hope you'll come check out my blog as well!


  11. Julie R says

    Thank you so much for sharing! I just used your directions to make one of these and love it! My husband suggested putting a small rubber band on the end with the consonants and it works great to keep them from slipping off. I am visualizing a basket full of these for word family practice!

  12. I love this activity! Thank you for sharing it! 🙂
    Crayons and Curls

  13. You're welcome. I am so glad that you like this activity:)


  14. very well written and organized tutorials…its indeed a great help for beginners like me to keep up the interest and at the same time learn this important subject.
    My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

  15. That is a really cute idea. Kids would love using those in stations or centers.

    Your newest follower,

  16. This is an awesome idea, and resource! Thanks for sharing. I would find you on facebook but I don't use facebook.
    Thanks again for the great idea. 🙂
    Think all night…..Teach all day

  17. Thanks so much for this printable! i wish i had them for all the word families!! I am a new fan and I will be following your blog!!!

    Amy 🙂

  18. Super creative, and easy!!! Thanks

  19. Super creative, and easy!!! Thanks

  20. Amy Hinnenkamp says

    I cannot wait to make these and use them in my classroom this year. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  21. When I try to save it to my computer it is asking for a password. Did I do something wrong or did I miss the password on your blog? I love this idea so much!

  22. Lidia says

    Hi Krysti,

    I am so glad that you are able to use this activity.
    As far as saving it to your computer, it can't be done. You can download it to your desktop for later use, but you are not able to do a SAVE AS on your computer.
    It's just the way my PDF program works:(
    I hope that your students are still able to enjoy this center activity:)


  23. Anonymous says

    Love it!! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  24. Hello Lidia,
    I found you coincidently through Pinterest. And I am very excited to start teaching my granddaughter with your method which is quite simple & clever. I cannot wait seeing her reading by herself.
    I will be a follower evidently. Thank you for sharing your ideas. They are making a difference in many children's lives 🙂


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