We are reviewing our short vowel sounds this week and had a great time having both kids doing a sorting game with the magnets. I just printed out these super cute owls from a great blog called First Grade Owls and laminated them. Then put them up on the magnet board and gave the kids the basket of magnets and let them start sorting. It sort of grew from there, and they decided to start making word family words. I guess I was just there to start their engines! This was something so simple and can be transformed into what ever phonics directions you want.