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Fun Compound Words Worksheets And Activities For Your KS1 Classroom

This blog offers super fun compound words worksheets and activities for your classroom! Give them a try and engage your students effectively!

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Compound Words

This blog explores some fantastic compound words worksheets and activities that will engage your students!

Compound words are two separate words which fit together to make one new word. For example, rain and bow come together to create rainbow. 

Compound words are taught to your  Year 1 and Year 2 students, so it’s important that this information is learnt in an effective yet still enjoyable  way!

Anchor Charts

Anchor charts are a really effective learning tool for many subjects. This is particularly true when teaching compound words!

If you are unsure what an anchor chart is, it is basically demonstrative poster. When it comes to compound words, the anchor chart would display examples of how to words can come together to form an entirely new word e.g. butter + fly = butterfly!

Having your students create their very own anchor charts is an effective activity for your students when learning compound words.

There is an example of an anchor chart worksheet to the right! Compound words worksheets like this are excellent for testing understanding!

Compound Words Worksheets - Anchor Chart

Compound Vs Non-compound words

Give your students a jumbled up list of compound and non-compound words. Then have them decide which is which. 

This is a great way to show them the difference between the words, allowing them to recognise compound words within sentences. The more they understand them, the more comfortable they are going to feel using them. 

A fun way of doing this is by giving each of your students a packet of words which have been cut up and having them create two piles – compound and non-compound words! The lists on the right can be cut out, jumbled up and then reorganised by your pupils.

 Compound words worksheets like these are great as you can use them for various activities or simply as guidance posters!

Compound Words Worksheets - 2

Building Blocks

Compound Words Blocks

Why not  have your students connect building blocks with different parts of compound words? 

Whilst compound words worksheets are effective, having interactive activities like this are great for more fun learning! Students will really engage with this hands-on activity.

They will have to put together the correct two parts in order to create a compound word. This activity allows your students to play around with different combinations of compound words and see which ones fit together and which ones don’t. 

This is a good way for students to use trial and error to create different compound words!

Compound Words In Pictures

This compound words activity is excellent for your visual learners! It’s important that your compound words worksheets can cater to all types of learners in your classroom.

As shown on the grid to the right, your students will have images that represent compound words, which they then have to fill in. 

This is a fun way to have your students practising recognising and writing compound words!

This is also an easier way for your pupils to recognise the compound words correctly as they can see what the word is.


Compound Words Worksheets

Compound Words Song

Alongside compound words worksheets, songs are an excellent learning resource for younger students as it is an easy way to have them engaged! This here is a fun song with lots of compound words. This is a great example of a song you can play to your students when learning about compound words! 

There are many other fantastic educational songs on this channel!

Drawing Compound Words

Why not have your students draw out some common compound words?

This is a fun activity, which doesn’t require compound words worksheets, that allows your students to get creative whilst learning!

Ask them to draw out the the two stems of the compound word and then the word which they create when put together.

For example they may draw some butter and then a fly. They would then draw a butterfly to finish!


Emile is an excellent online game-based learning resource for primary school students!

Fun games that engage your students will ensure progress for each of your pupils.

Emile have many different games for SPaG and Phonics which cover compound words!

Why not try Emile today?

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