Long A Sounds /ay/ – a, ai, ay, a-e, ei, eigh, ey –Sorting Cards and Board Game!

Here are some fun activities to work on the long A sound. I made these sorting cards activities,  game board, and bingo cards to help ED with words spelled in these combinations: a, ai, ay a_e, ei, eigh and ey.

She has had a lot of fun with this packet and begs me to play “just one more time”! That’s a win for me!

Long A Sound Words a ai ay ei ey eigh silent e Activities She hasn’t yet worked on all of the Long A spelling variations, but this will start getting her familiar with some of the spellings she will tackle in her spelling curriculum (we use All About Spelling (affiliate link)) a little later.  This printable has 7 pages of words which we printed out on card stock.  She has been sorting about 1/3 of the deck each day before we sit down to play the board game.


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Long A Board Game:

Both of the girls have enjoyed playing this game.

Print out all of the Long A word cards on card stock. Make sure the cards are well shuffled and are in random order.  Print out one copy of the board game. Each player needs a token to move around the board.

To Play: 

  • For younger kids let them look at the card, read it, and go to the first space available with the long A spelling that matches their card.
  • For more advanced kids, read the word for them and have them identify which space they should go to. For example, read the word “trail” aloud and have them tell you that they need to go to the ai space. That is what DD has done when she has played with me and ED.
  • The first player to land on the green square in the center wins the game.

LongA-BoardGameThere is also a chart students can use to write down some of the words they have practiced that day. That is pictured in the collage below.

Update, Bingo Cards: This semester, my daughter has been spending time reviewing the Long A-sound Words.  I added in some bingo cards.  We take turns reading a card aloud; the other player has to say what rule was used.  You can cover the spaces with tokens or you can laminate the bingo cards and use a dry-erase marker.

Long A Sound Activity Bingo CardsThe Long A Sound Packet is bundled with the Long i Sound Activities (Word Sort and Board Game) and also includes bonus activities… for practicing words that begin with r or wr and n or kn.

Long i Words spelled ie y i-e igh y ActivitiesWhen you make a purchase you will receive two files, the Long A Sound Word Sort and Game Board as well as the Long I Sound Word Sort and Game Board:

Be sure to check out the Spelling BUNDLE option below!

Long A, Long I Sound Activities


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These are the Long A words we used in these activities:

Long A sounds with the spelling:  a, ai, ay, a-e, ei, eigh, ey

  • acorn
  • able
  • apron
  • agent
  • angel
  • alien
  • arrow
  • April
  • aim
  • pail
  • mail
  • trail
  • raise
  • stain
  • maid
  • afraid
  • pain
  • rain
  • complain
  • say
  • pay
  • May
  • lay
  • stay
  • ray
  • play
  • Tuesday
  • okay
  • crayon
  • Wednesday
  • cake
  • make
  • lake
  • male
  • base
  • chase
  • maze
  • blaze
  • same
  • plane
  • lane
EI EIGH EY More A-E words
  • their
  • theirs
  • vein
  • beige
  • weigh
  • neighbor
  • sleigh
  • freight
  • eight
  • they
  • obey
  • survey
  • prey
  • grey
  • hey
  • made
  • fade
  • blade
  • shade
  • face
  • race
  • place

Here are a couple more pictures of the activities in the Long I Word Sort Packet:

The first section practices the Long I Sound spelled with y, i-e or ie.

Long-i-Word-Sort-Practice-PageThe next section practices the Long I Sound spelled with y, i-e, ie, igh, ind or i.  (We covered more rules in our spelling program, All About Spelling (affiliate link), so I made a new set of activities for my daughter.) 🙂 Find out more about why we love the AAS program so much at this post.

Long i words ie y i-e igh Spelling ActivitiesSpelling Packets:

Spelling Packets – Quick Preview (Glance through pictures of all of the spelling games/activities listed below)

$4.00 Long A Sound and Long I Sound Word Sorts and Games (plus the bonus packet: Word Sorts for Activities for r-wr and n-kn)

$3.00 Long E Sound Word Sort and Games

$3.00 ow ou oy oi aw au Word Sort Activities and Games

$3.00 /er/ Sound Word Sort and Games

$3.00 /k/ Sound Word Sort Activities and Games (c, k, ck, ch, cc, que – spellings)

$3.00 /ul/ Sound: Word Sort and Activities for words ending in -le -el -al -il -ol -ile

$3.00 ie ei Words – Worksheets, Activities & Games for words spelled ie (such as piece, chief, yield, ancient, science, glacier, goalie) and words spelled with ei (such as receive, beige, foreign, ceiling, receipt and more!)

$3.00 Plurals – Worksheets, Activities & Games for adding -s or -es to create plurals. Plus, there are activities for practicing irregular spellings & words that change from f to v.

$18.99 Spelling BUNDLE – Buy all of the packets listed above (and any that I create in the future). The Spelling Bundle includes: 1. Long A & Long I Packet 2. Long E Packet 3. Long O Packet 4. ou/ow oy/oi au/aw Packet 5. /er/ Sound Packet 6. /k/ Sound Packet 7. /ul/ Sound Packet 8. ie/ei Words Packet 9. Plurals – add -s or -es Visit the Spelling BUNDLE page for more details!

You might be interested in these related posts:

Long E-Sound Word Sort Activities and Games




Spelling-Words-end-in le el il al ol ile Games and Activities

  • ie ei Words – Worksheets and Activitiesie ei worksheets games and activites for spellling practice
  • Plurals – Activities and Games This set works on adding -s or -es to form plurals. Plus, there are some sorting cards & a game board for practicing some of the irregular plurals or words that change from f to v.

Plurals Spelling Games and ActivitiesPlurals - Irregular Words or Changing f to v

Cupcake Contractions — A free sorting activity and worksheets for practicing changing words such as don’t, hasn’t, won’t, wouldn’t, he’d, etc.

Silent Letter Worksheets and Word Sort

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