Space Mission: Nonsense Words

Space Mission: Nonsense Words


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Early learners will love helping the planet Phoneme while boosting phonics skills too! Designed to prepare children for the National Curriculum year 1 Phonics Screening Check this challenge game helps children recognise nonsense words.

  • Children fly their saucer and use the Super Suction feature to collect the astronaut and alien cards
  • Pronounce the words on the back of the cards correctly in order to save them
  • Astronaut cards show real words and Alien cards show nonsense words (words that are made up but phonetically plausible)
  • Rescue the most to win!
  • Space Mission: Nonsense Words includes:
    • Four spaceships
    • 110 game cards
    • Activity guide
  • Features multilingual packaging

What are nonsense words?

  • Strings of letters that follow phonics rules taught in class, but don’t mean anything
  • Children need to read them with the correct sounds to show that they understand the phonics rules behind them

How to play

  • The youngest player goes first and uses their spaceship to collect a card of their choice, pressing it down onto the card to seal the suction base
  • Keeping the spaceship in place, the player turns it over to reveal a word on the reverse of the card
  • If pronounced correctly, they get to keep it. If incorrect, the card gets placed back in play
  • Play continues to the left
  • The first player to collect three astronauts and three aliens wins!

Additional information


4+, 5+, 6+, 7+, 8+