I’m excited to share another set of low-prep games! This time we’re reviewing the sounds of beginning blends.
Have you seen my colorful follow the path board games that require only a die and playing pieces?
I shared a giant set of Roll a Short Vowel games and a set of Roll a Digraph games.
Today we’re working on those tricky beginning blends!
How to play:
1. Print a game board. Gather two playing pieces and a die.
2. Take turns rolling the die. Check the key at the top of the board to know where to move. In the above example, if you roll a 2, you’d move to the next picture that starts with “fl.”
3. Whoever reaches the final picture first, wins!
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The first two games in the download are a great place to start if blends are new for your child. Because each blend starts with a different letter, these games will actually be more of a test of beginning sound knowledge. But by talking about those blends as you play, your child will start to hear those sneaky second letters.
“You rolled a 6. We need to move to a picture that starts with t-r. What sound does t-r say?”
After the first two games in the download, they get tougher. In the above game, your child needs to hear words that start with cl, cr, and plain old c. This will really make your child listen hard for those beginning sounds!
Here’s another game that had him thinking… since we had plain old p and g mixed in with pl, pr, gl, and gr.
The last game in the download is the toughest of all because all the pictures start with an s-blend.
Did I mention that my son wasn’t excited to play these games at first? Actually he gave me quite a bit of resistance. Before you wonder why I force my Four (almost five) to play beginning reading games, it might be helpful to know that this kind of behavior is not unusual for him when it comes to doing something he’s asked to do. I get the same reaction when I tell him to clear the table!
So I insisted, since I knew he could do these and would probably like them.
Sure enough, he was happy by the end of the first game and wanted to play all six.
Which we did.
We hope you enjoy them too!
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The games that I used so far have been PERFECT in my classroom. I love that they are simple and focus on one concept at a time. Thank you so much for your free resources!
You’re very welcome, Abby!
A sincere thank you for a wonderful resource. I’m a gr. 1 teacher in South Africa and laminated them for early finishers.
You’re very welcome!
Thank you so much for having some of these free. I just started tutoring a six year old and printed off the BINGO game. You saved me a lot of time. I am excited to use some of your ideas. With it being so close to the end of the year, I didn’t want to have to pay to get a lot of things to help this child. THANKS AGAIN! 🙂
I’m so glad you liked these, Lisa!
Thank you so much for the blend games. My students will love playing the games!
You’re very welcome, Kathleen!
Thanks for these lovely games ..the same kids who are not in a mood to study gets excited for your games .thanks a lot
You’re welcome, Prerna!
You are doing a wonderful job fir those who are nit the part of your country but can help students learn alot through these activities. Thanks alot. God bless
Thank you so much for the kind words, Doloris!
Oh my goodness, I love all the materials here! I’m a behavior therapist, who works with students with autism. I make most of my materials. But it’s so nice to come across beautiful, already-made, and free materials! Thank you so much! You just saved me lots of time and effort coming up with new games and activities!
You’re the best!
Yay – I’m so glad to hear that, Ashley! One of my main goals is to save teachers time and resources. I’m thrilled to hear that I can do that for you!
Hi, thank you so much for these freebies! I am a first year kindergarten teacher so this is beyond helpful! Can’t wait to use them for guided reading!
You’re very welcome, Michelle – I’m so glad you can use these!
Janet K. Bronner
Thank you so much for these picture mats.
These games seem great and I especially can’t wait to use them with my second language learners! I do have a little question, what are the coloured squares for? Are they just aesthetic, or do they serve a purpose? Thanks for the freebies and all your hard work!
I just put those in so the kids would get a little break as they play the game…otherwise they have to examine the sound of the picture for every single square.