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 for ED. She has had a lot of fun with this packet!

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).

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:

Long A, Long I Sound Activities


After you enter your details in Paypal, you will receive a link immediately to download the pdf in your browser. Sendowl (the service I use) will also send you the link to download the pdf in an email to your PayPal email address.  As always, if you have any questions or problems feel free to send me an email using the Contact Form or directly at liesl at homeschoolden dot com. ~Liesl


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
EIEIGHEYMore 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 Activities

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


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


Disclosure: Please note that some of the links in this post are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase.

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