I wanted to come up with a fun and unique way to study word families. As a kindergarten teacher I had to find something that would be classified as independent work for my students. So here is what I came up with using word families.
I created my own center on a bulletin board or you can use magnets and put on the back of a file cabinet. Students are given a particular word family to study like the -at family. They are given a laminated word mat and told to use the words on the wall to make a new word. Boggle style if you will for kindergarten. They can write the word using a dry erase marker or print up another set of word cards for them to manipulate.
Once they create their words they are given a word study book to either cut and glue the new words they made or they can simply write in the books and then practice writing their new word.