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Word split: compound words

Word split: compound words puzzle
A mix and match puzzle created by teachers, using compound words, to support primary school literacy and demonstrate examples of compound words.
Keystage:  KS2, Year 3, Year 4

What is a compound word?

A compound word is when two or more smaller words join together to make a new word with its own meaning. For example, sun and flower are two separate words, but when you put them together, you get sunflower, which is a type of flower that grows in the sun.

What are examples of compound words? 

Here are some examples of compound words: 

  • Raincoat
  • Bedroom
  • Toothbrush
  • Butterfly
  • Baseball
  • Cupcake
  • Pancake
  • Moonlight

These are just a few examples to get started, but there are many more compound words out there to explore.

How can you use this compound word activity?

Use this teacher-created activity to learn about compound words in a visual and fun way. Cut out the cards. The red ones are the first part of a longer word, the blue ones are the second part. Mix and match to see how many longer words you can make! 

You can continue the fun with our other compund worksheets, such as Compound words and Making compound words