THIS IS AN OLD VERSION OF A GAME WHICH IS NOW PART OF THE NEW GAME YOU CAN FIND HERE.
This word-building game for two players provides practice with blending, and vowel spellings of two, three and four letters used at word endings. At first, only the following common vowel spellings are used: “air”, “ar”, “are”, “aw””, “ay”, “e”, “ear”, “ee”, “eer”, “ew”, “ie”, “o”, “oe”, “oo”, “ore”, “our”, “ow”, and “oy”. Once learners have mastered these, less common vowel spellings can be introduced: a, ea, ere, ey, igh, oar, oor, or, and ough, as well as the less common consonant spellings “kn” and “wh” (plus “v” and “th” are not used in the basic game). You can watch a YouTube video about how to play this game by clicking here.
This is a game for learners who already know one sound for each letter of the alphabet, plus consonant digraphs like “sh”, “ch”, “th”, “long” or “e-controlled” vowel spellings and some other vowel digraphs, and have grasped the concepts that a single sound can be spelt using up to four letters, that many sounds (especially vowels) have multiple spellings and that some spellings are shared by more than one sound. Younger children (under age 8 or 9) will at first need help from an adult to play successfully, learn some new, relevant vocabulary and enjoy the game.
Each card represents an English phoneme/grapheme, the smallest spoken/written building blocks of words. Players try to use up all their cards to make real words faster than their opponent, by trying different sound/spelling combinations and moving spellings around. The winner is the person who uses up all their cards in real words first, or the person who makes the most words (if not all cards can be combined into real words).
These cards are supplied as a downloadable pdf file (two A4 pages) which you print in colour, laminate and cut up (or ask kids to hone their scissor skills on it). Cards should all be trimmed to give them rounded corners, and fit neatly into the small, sturdy tins commonly supplied with chewing gum and mints.