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This word-building game for two players provides practice with blending sounds into one-syllable words, and with “long” or “e-controlled” vowel spellings: “a…e” as in “take”, “i…e” as in “time”, “o…e” as in “note”, “u…e” as in “fuse” and “June”, “e…e” as in “these” and “y…e” as in “type”. You can watch a YouTube video about how to play this game by clicking here.
This is a game for learners who know one sound for each letter of the alphabet, plus consonant digraphs like “sh”, “ch”, “th”, and who are learning about vowel spellings containing “e” e.g. the difference between “cap” and “cape”, “fin” and “fine”, “hop” and “hope”, “cut” and “cute”, “them” and “theme” and so on. Younger children (under age 8) 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 grapheme (spelling for a single speech sound), but the “e” from the vowel spelling is included in final consonant spellings. Players try to get rid of all their cards by firstly building words, and then changing their opponent’s words. Longer words containing consonant blends like “trade”, “crime” and “stroke” use up more cards and are harder for one’s opponent to modify, but are also harder to build.
The game also provides opportunities to learn about how sounds/spellings typically combine in English e.g. we use “fr” and “sm” at word beginnings in English, but not “vm”, “pz” or “nw” (phonotactics and orthotactics).
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.